ECP passengers traveling to and from the area goes over one million

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Earlier this year airport officials announced the possibility of breaking a record... and now it is a reality.

Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport reached a record which many people never thought possible: its one-millionth passenger flew into the airport Monday.

The Delta flight was greeted with a water cannon salute celebrating the event.

With the arrival of Delta flight 2506 the airport has served over one million passengers in 2018. Passengers were given balloons as they departed the plane which were especially appreciated by some of the younger passengers. They were also treated to cake and cookies in the terminal.

ECP Executive Director Parker McClellan said, "What's important is that when this airport started in 2010, that year before we had 312,000 passengers. Today we're going to have more than a million by the end of the year. So that's an exciting thing and it talks about the success of our community and the resilience of our community after Hurricane Michael."

There are plans in the works by the airlines to increase the size of the planes on several flights to help with the increased number of travelers.