Panama City Beach and Southwest Airlines This Weekend


The big day is almost here!  We open our newest city, Panama City Beach, this Sunday, May 23!  We have all sorts of fun activities lined up to celebrate this weekend!  We will officially kick off the weekend on Saturday afternoon when we land the first commercial aircraft at the first U.S. airport to be built in more than a decade.  On Saturday evening, we will host the “Tootsies Tweetup,” giving local Customers a chance to mix and mingle with our Employees, at the local bar Tootsies.  The first Southwest Customers on Sunday morning will be serenaded by local band, Todd Sparks and The Shrimpboat Cowboys, and will be treated to coffee, a southern breakfast, and beach balls in the Southwest Airlines gate area. Southwest Employees will also spend the official first day of service donating volunteer hours with the Florida Trail Association, where we will clear hiking trails and build bridges in Florida Trail’s East Pine Log Trail in Pine Log State Forest.   We will also hold an “official” press conference on Monday, featuring the big guy, Mr. Gary Kelly!

It should be a very fun and eventful weekend!  Follow us on Twitter ( to get live coverage of entire weekend!  Now…where are those flip flops and sunglasses….


  1. Hi I have been really excited about Southwest coming to Northwest Florida, Until today I wanted to book a flight in July and come to find out Southwest cost more than all the other airlines I looked at. I am surprised I thought Southwest had better rates!!!

  2. Opening day is here! My grandson & I flew into Northwest Florida International Airport on opening day, May 23 after a beach party at the Nashville gate complete with beachballs. Loved it, only 55 min flight from Nashville! Loved the souvenir photo, Southwest bag of goodies. Most of all, love having this option of flying here to the beautiful beach. New terminal is nice & colorful. Way to go!

  3. We are so glad you have included Panama City Beach to your route. I just wished it could have been a few weeks earlier! We flew to Orlando on May 10 on Southwest. great flight, great crew as usual. However on the way back we had to drive to Pensicola from Panama City to catch a flight. And we had to fly on Air Tran. Yikes!!! Never Again!!! It was AWFUL.