pensacolaguy
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Panama City, FL ECP New Airport (Pics)

Mon May 24, 2010 6:24 pm

I live in Jacksonville, Florida (JAX) and attend Jacksonville University majoring in Aviation Management. I decided to attend the Grand Opening of the New Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP) in Panama City, Florida on Saturday May 22, 2010. This report will provide a tour of the new airport. (Mostly Pictures)

I left my place of residence in Jacksonville at 7am EST and arrived at the new airport at approximatively 10:22 am CST.

This is County Road 388 that the airport code is connected to. The main road to the airport.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y15/Pensacolaguy/Northwest%20Florida%20Beaches%20International%20Airport/May222010022.jpg

Airport Entrance Sign
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y15/Pensacolaguy/Northwest%20Florida%20Beaches%20International%20Airport/May222010023.jpg

Airport Road leading to the Terminal
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y15/Pensacolaguy/Northwest%20Florida%20Beaches%20International%20Airport/May222010025.jpg

There it is!
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y15/Pensacolaguy/Northwest%20Florida%20Beaches%20International%20Airport/May222010032.jpg

Terminal Entrance
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y15/Pensacolaguy/Northwest%20Florida%20Beaches%20International%20Airport/May222010184.jpg

Terminal Entrance 2


Let Go INSIDE! This is the Check in area located on the east side of the terminal.


Southwest Check In
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y15/Pensacolaguy/Northwest%20Florida%20Beaches%20International%20Airport/May222010050.jpg

Southwest Check In (Picture 2)
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y15/Pensacolaguy/Northwest%20Florida%20Beaches%20International%20Airport/May222010049.jpg

Delta Airlines Check In


Check In Overview


Flight Information Board
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y15/Pensacolaguy/Northwest%20Florida%20Beaches%20International%20Airport/May222010137.jpg

Walking towards the security checkpoint. To the left was a little retail store. And notice the upstairs windows (Mostly likely offices). And a lounge?


Entrance to the Security Checkpoint.


After exciting the Security Checkpoint you go up to the gates. Either via the stairs or the escalator.


Going UP!
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y15/Pensacolaguy/Northwest%20Florida%20Beaches%20International%20Airport/May222010056.jpg

Mural #1


The main concourse


A place to eat.


Gate 1


Neat Chairs -- Surf Board Table.


Mural #2
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y15/Pensacolaguy/Northwest%20Florida%20Beaches%20International%20Airport/May222010071.jpg

Gate 2


Gate 3 (Southwest Gate) - And following pictures.


Gate 3 - Southwest - Dang Dots!


Gate 4 - Delta - And following pictures.


Gate 4 - Delta Jet Bridge


Gate 5
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y15/Pensacolaguy/Northwest%20Florida%20Beaches%20International%20Airport/May222010081.jpg



Gates 6 and 7 are located downtowns. (No Jet Bridge).


Gates 6 and 7 are via through there individual doors. Very limited seating.

Gate 6
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y15/Pensacolaguy/Northwest%20Florida%20Beaches%20International%20Airport/May222010100.jpg

Gate 7


This is the end of the main concourse. Now lets arrive into the airport..

A few more murals..


Down to Baggage Claim -- Airport Exit.


Rental Car Counters on the left side and Baggage Claim belts on the right side.


Baggage Claim (1,2,3)


Baggage Claim 1
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y15/Pensacolaguy/Northwest%20Florida%20Beaches%20International%20Airport/May222010131.jpg

Baggage Claim 2
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y15/Pensacolaguy/Northwest%20Florida%20Beaches%20International%20Airport/May222010130.jpg

Rental Car Counters..
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y15/Pensacolaguy/Northwest%20Florida%20Beaches%20International%20Airport/May222010140.jpg

Mural at the end.


NOW >>> If you are still with me.. Lets GO OUTSIDE (And Sweat).

Gates 3 and 5.


The Control Tower


Airport Name
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y15/Pensacolaguy/Northwest%20Florida%20Beaches%20International%20Airport/May222010045.jpg

Gate 4 - Viewed from the outside
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y15/Pensacolaguy/Northwest%20Florida%20Beaches%20International%20Airport/May222010148.jpg

Airport Side
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y15/Pensacolaguy/Northwest%20Florida%20Beaches%20International%20Airport/May222010165.jpg

Looking Out Toward the Runway.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y15/Pensacolaguy/Northwest%20Florida%20Beaches%20International%20Airport/May222010176.jpg

Looking towards the baggage claim area.


Conclusion:
The Good:
1- New modern terminal
2- Long runway, modern tower and navigation instruments
3- Cheap/affordable parking

The Bad:
1 - It is difficult to get to. There is no direct interstate access to the airport road. Coming from Jacksonville I took exit 130 down County road 231 then took a right turn into County road 388. Then drove endlessly towards the airport. (It took 90 minutes from the interstate to the airport) The location is to the west of "downtown" Panama City. (30 minutes). And roughly 21 minutes to Panama City Beach.
2 - No Infrustructure in place.. No hotels, stores, gas stations nearby. It's located in a FOREST with nothing around.
3 - The pitched roof design - looks cheap and warehouse like. Plus the teal color is a bit strong and tacky.
4 - The "dots" on some of the terminal windows.

MANY more pictures are available on my Photobucket Album.
http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y15...Beaches%20International%20Airport/

Questions, Comments, and Concerns are welcome. -- Gene
 
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RE: Panama City, FL ECP New Airport (Pics)

Mon May 24, 2010 7:18 pm

Give companies time to build hotels, motels, restaurants, gas stations & etc. I say the airport looks great. They did a good job considering what it cost to build. They could have been cheap and used a bunch of mobile buildings. I would like to see more airlines fly into ECP.

Thanks for all the pics.
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RE: Panama City, FL ECP New Airport (Pics)

Mon May 24, 2010 8:21 pm

Excellent report! Cool to see this new airport, but...

DOTS?! Why, oh why, would any sane person put those damn dots on windows!? What purpose do they serve? It's like these airport planners are playing a sick joke on us aviation spotters! Is this the way of the future?   

Thank you for posting, it was great to read!

Cheers!
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RE: Panama City, FL ECP New Airport (Pics)

Mon May 24, 2010 8:49 pm

Very nice pics. I take it DL occupies two gates at ECP (probably 1 for the MD-88s and one for the RJs seeing one is lower to the ground than the other) seeing as there is a jetway designated to DL on both sides of the terminal.
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RE: Panama City, FL ECP New Airport (Pics)

Mon May 24, 2010 9:28 pm

Thanks for the report, very thorough...

Quoting pensacolaguy (Thread starter):
The pitched roof design - looks cheap and warehouse like. Plus the teal color is a bit strong and tacky

Sure it leaves a lot to be desired design-wise, but considering the cost and the fact it is LEED-certified (green/sustainable), it is definitely acceptable.
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RE: Panama City, FL ECP New Airport (Pics)

Mon May 24, 2010 10:51 pm

What a nice looking airport! Thanks for sharing

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RE: Panama City, FL ECP New Airport (Pics)

Mon May 24, 2010 11:17 pm

The Flight Information Board photo shows an arriving Southwest Flight #1775 from Nantucket?

Is this a mistake? Charter? I'm confused.

Cheers,
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RE: Panama City, FL ECP New Airport (Pics)

Tue May 25, 2010 2:30 am

Thanks for the comments guys/girls. Tell your friends to read my trip report  
Quoting sunking737 (Reply 1):
Give companies time to build hotels, motels, restaurants, gas stations & etc.

I will give them time - They have the whole area around the airport planned.

Quoting Airport (Reply 2):
OTS?! Why, oh why, would any sane person put those damn dots on windows!? What purpose do they serve? It's like these airport planners are playing a sick joke on us aviation spotters! Is this the way of the future?   

The dots sticked on glass windows are to protect the terminal interior from heat and light. Energy efficient windows. Luckily not all of the windows on the concourse have the dots.

Quoting JBAirwaysFan (Reply 3):
Very nice pics. I take it DL occupies two gates at ECP (probably 1 for the MD-88s and one for the RJs seeing one is lower to the ground than the other) seeing as there is a jetway designated to DL on both sides of the terminal. Yes, Delta uses Gate's 4 (CRJ) and 5 (MD-80). Southwest Gate 3. No airlines currently use Gate's 1 and 2.
Quoting homer71 (Reply 4):
Thanks for the report, very thorough..

Thanks - Glad you like it.

Quoting 767747 (Reply 5):
What a nice looking airport! Thanks for sharing

Thanks - I'm just glad to have people read and view my pictures.

Quoting AV8orWALK (Reply 6):
The Flight Information Board photo shows an arriving Southwest Flight #1775 from Nantucket?

Is this a mistake? Charter? I'm confused.

Cheers,
Drew

Yes- I noticed this also. I have no idea why it said "Nantucket". Probably just to test the board. Surprisingly this information board was the only one that I saw. And it was located in the Baggage Claim area.
 
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RE: Panama City, FL ECP New Airport (Pics)

Tue May 25, 2010 4:01 am

Very cute, thanks for sharing.

I do like the carpet at the gates, reminds me of SIN.

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RE: Panama City, FL ECP New Airport (Pics)

Tue May 25, 2010 4:35 am

Thank you for sharing. The airport looks great!
 
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RE: Panama City, FL ECP New Airport (Pics)

Tue May 25, 2010 6:07 am

Cute little airport. Hope SWA does well with its venture there.

Thanks for sharing.
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RE: Panama City, FL ECP New Airport (Pics)

Wed May 26, 2010 2:19 am

Is it just me, or does it resemble IND a lot - inside of the terminal at least??
 
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RE: Panama City, FL ECP New Airport (Pics)

Wed May 26, 2010 4:04 pm

I was not even aware of this! It looks nice a bit far from the city it seems but I guess it serves a large land area. The airport looks nice, I like the terminal modern and spacious for such a small airport. Good job to the people in NW FL.
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RE: Panama City, FL ECP New Airport (Pics)

Wed May 26, 2010 4:14 pm

Quoting pensacolaguy (Thread starter):
The pitched roof design - looks cheap and warehouse like. Plus the teal color is a bit strong and tacky.

i find the design to be very "beachy" looking. Which given the area the airport is serving is rather appropriate. i don't really find it tacky at all, rather the design is quite attractive and looks well done.
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RE: Panama City, FL ECP New Airport (Pics)

Wed May 26, 2010 11:02 pm

Quoting Airport (Reply 2):
DOTS?! Why, oh why, would any sane person put those damn dots on windows!? What purpose do they serve? It's like these airport planners are playing a sick joke on us aviation spotters! Is this the way of the future?   

Ever been to DTW's NW/DL concourses?
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RE: Panama City, FL ECP New Airport (Pics)

Wed May 26, 2010 11:06 pm

Quoting desertjets (Reply 13):
i find the design to be very "beachy" looking. Which given the area the airport is serving is rather appropriate. i don't really find it tacky at all, rather the design is quite attractive and looks well done.

I think "beachy" can be done better. A nice, modern looking building in maybe a white stucco (or similar material) and light green-tinted glass, with nice, horizontal lines.... And of course, the appropriate beachy interior/exterior colors and landscaping.
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RE: Panama City, FL ECP New Airport (Pics)

Thu May 27, 2010 1:17 am

Quoting C8fromONT (Reply 11):
Is it just me, or does it resemble IND a lot - inside of the terminal at least??

I was going to post that the design and layout reminds me a lot of DAB. Nice little airport though... Southwest to ACK though? Seems a strange route
 
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RE: Panama City, FL ECP New Airport (Pics)

Thu May 27, 2010 2:40 pm

Great airport - looks fab! Although for some reason it reminds me ALOT of ADL  
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RE: Panama City, FL ECP New Airport (Pics)

Sat May 29, 2010 6:09 am

This terminal's design almost follows DAB's layout. Thanks for the airport TR.

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