The Bay County International Airport Is No Longer Called The Bay County International Airport

Written By: Chad On: 8th October 2009 Under: Bay County Airport

Bay County International Airport Terminal (Construction)What!? Yes, it’s true! The Bay County International Airport is no more. In a recent press released by Airport Executive Director Randy Curtis, the name was changed to Northwest Florida-Panama City International Airport. I know, I know — original, right? Well, I for one think that “Northwest Florida” should be the name of the airport. With all the news surrounding its reach to the entire northwest Florida area it would only be proper. I will say that I think the “Panama City” was added simply to establish our area as it’s location, but who knows.

The name was chosen “after listening to extensive feedback and gathering suggestions from the community,” Airport Authority Chairman Joe Tannehill said. Which, by the way, is fantastic in it’s own right. Allowing the community to participate in the experience of naming the airport brings a sense of community and pride. Good job, Airport Authority! Anyway, what do you think about the new name? Like it? Hate it? Don’t care — just as long as construction continues? Sound off in the comments below!

Read the full Press Release after the break.

NEWS RELEASE

Media Contact:  Randy Curtis
Airport Executive Director
(850) 763-6751 ext. 203
AIRPORT AUTHORITY SELECTS NEW AIRPORT NAME:
NORTHWEST FLORIDA-PANAMA CITY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Panama City, Florida – (October 7, 2009) – The Panama City – Bay County International Airport and Industrial District (Airport Authority) today voted to name the new international airport now under construction at West Bay the Northwest Florida – Panama City International Airport. The new airport is scheduled to open in May 2010.

“After listening to extensive feedback and gathering suggestions from the community, we decided to go with a name that reflects the geographic area the new airport will serve,” said Airport Authority Chairman Joe Tannehill. “This truly is Northwest Florida’s international airport and will be this region’s gateway to the world – and the world’s gateway to our region.”

The Airport Authority solicited input from community organizations, including the region’s Tourism Development Councils (TDCs), Economic Development Alliances (EDAs), Chambers of Commerce and interested citizens.

“We received hundreds of suggestions from across the region,” said Airport Executive Director Randy Curtis. “The response was outstanding and the suggestions were both creative and helpful.” Curtis added the new name met several criteria the board and the community had established, including a name that would have universal appeal, reflect the region served and support economic development and tourism.

“With each milestone we pass, we move closer to the day the new airport will deliver on the goals this community established 10 years ago: better and more competitive air service and the establishment of an economic development engine for the region,” said Airport authority Vice Chairman Bill Cramer. “We look forward to welcoming visitors to the region at the new Northwest Florida – Panama City International Airport in May 2010.”

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