Panama City Gets Final State Permits to Move Airport

"We are one step closer to making our new airport a reality and one step closer to realizing this community's vision for an airport that meets all federal safety and design standards."


"There are obvious aviation-related benefits in relocating the airport to West Bay," said Tannehill. "But there are environmental and economic development benefits too. Relocation of the airport is the catalyst for the creation of the West Bay Preservation Area. Ultimately, tens of thousands of acres that will be permanently protected, including miles of West Bay shoreline."

"We are very proud that the mitigation plan for the airport goes above and beyond what is required by law," said Tannehill. "We have worked closely with dozens of local environmentalists to ensure that significant long-term environmental benefits will result from this relocation."

"If we continue to work together as a community and a region, I am confident that we can use this new airport as a tremendous economic development platform to attract high-quality, high-wage jobs to Bay County," said Tannehill.

"We continue to make tremendous progress. If all goes according to plan, we should be in a position to break ground on the airport next year," said Tannehill.

CONTACT: Panama City - Bay County International Airport, Panama City Randy Curtis, Executive Director, 850-763-6751, ext 203 KEYWORD: FLORIDAINDUSTRY KEYWORD: TRAVEL AEROSPACE/DEFENSE GOVERNMENT AIRLINES TRANSPORTATIONSOURCE: Panama City - Bay County International Airport

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