ECP airport sees increase in traffic over holiday weekend

Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport's executive director believes an uptick in...
Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport's executive director believes an uptick in local reservations for the next 45 days can be indicative of summer airport traffic. (WJHG/WECP)(WJHG)
Published: May. 26, 2020 at 5:22 PM CDT
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It’s normally a busy weekend for the Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport- this Memorial Day just over 900 people came through.

Parker McClellan, executive director of the airport, said, “that’s down 60% as compared to what we were in April of being down 95%, so that’s an improvement.”

McClellan is optimistic about traveler turnout this summer. He said an uptick in reservations for the next 45 days could be indicative of future airport traffic, “and all those are good things and hopefully the airport will be part of bringing some of the visitors to our community also giving our community a chance to go to other places.”

McClellan said while he anticipates a busy summer this year, visitors will have to prepare for fewer flights in the area due to a decrease in demand. “As the demand increases the airlines are going to adjust their schedules to add flights back in. We know that Southwest is seeing that demand and they’re increasing their flights in a couple of weeks. We know American's doing the same thing. I anticipate the other airlines will soon follow,” he said.

In the meantime, ECP airport is being innovative in ways to sanitize the airport as new visitors come through its gates.

"We’re, you know, wiping down high touch surfaces. We have a sprayer that our fire department developed that is really kind of nice in terms of being able to put down a disinfectant and it dries relatively fast, so we’re spraying throughout the terminal building,” said McClellan.

This is all part of the airport’s new plan called “ECP Ready", thus dubbing their new tag line- "easy, clean and protecting you".

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