Work Set to Begin Immediately, Won't Delay Opening
Might as well do it while the
airport is still under construction anyway. The Panama City-Bay
County International Airport and Industrial District announced
Wednesday it has received all the necessary approvals and
permits to move forward on the extension of the primary runway at
the new Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport. The FAA
and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers both signed off on the 1,600
foot extension, which will bring the length of the primary runway
to 10,000 feet.
Work on the runway extension will begin immediately and will not
impact the construction schedule, which is on time. The extension
is expected to be completed in time for a runway certification test
flight by the FAA in mid-January.
“Our goal has always been to build an airport to support
economic development and growth throughout the region for years to
come,” said Airport Authority Chairman Joe Tannehill.
“The longer runway puts us in a position to compete with
anyone in the country for better air service and aviation related
“This is truly a major milestone for the airport
project,” said Airport Executive Director Randy Curtis.
“With a 10,000 foot runway, we can handle almost any type of
aircraft operations with no problem.”
Construction of the new Northwest Florida Beaches International
is 80 percent complete and on track for an opening date of May 18,