Holiday weekend ushers in ECP 10th anniversary

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport is celebrating its 10th anniversary on Memorial Day weekend.

Travelers move through TSA screening on Memorial Day weekend.

ECP first welcomed fliers on May 23, 2010, replacing the Panama City-Bay County Airport and steadily growing ever since. The old airport averaged 325,000 travelers a year. In 2019, 1.3 million moved through the ECP terminals.

Although the coronavirus is slowing holiday travel this weekend, executive director Parker McClellan Jr. aims to keep the airport's standards flying high into the next decade.

"Our slogan was easy, convenient, painless," McClellan Jr. said. "These are kind of our basic guidelines. Make it easy for the passengers, as convenient for the community getting to and from the beaches, and business folks. And painless—just a good experience. We want to be the premier gateway to the Panhandle."

McClellan Jr. says travel dipped 95 percent at the start of the pandemic. April numbers will be released on Wednesday.

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