Panama City–Bay County International Airport
|Panama City–Bay County International Airport|
|Owner||Panama City–Bay County Airport and Industrial District|
|Serves||Panama City, Florida|
|Elevation AMSL||20 ft / 6 m|
Panama City–Bay County International Airport (IATA:
ECP, ICAO: KPFN, FAA LID: PFN) was a public airport three miles northwest of Panama City, in Bay County, Florida. It was owned and operated by the Panama City–Bay County Airport and Industrial District. All airline services moved to the Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport on May 22, 2010, but the airfield was open to general aviation aircraft until October 1, 2010. The grounds will eventually be turned over to LUK-MB1 LLC, which plans to remove the runways and build homes, shops, walking trails and a marina.
Panama City–Bay County International Airport (PFN) began as a private field owned by J.B. Atkinson, Jr., a citizen of Panama City. The facility had 292 acres (1.2 km²) of land with grass landing strips. In 1932 Mr. and Mrs. Atkinson, Jr. donated the property to the Panama City Chamber of Commerce so a city airport could be established. At that time the airport was named Atkinson Field. In 1938 Panama City and the Bay County Commissioners joined forces to develop the Airport through the construction of an airport terminal and extensive airfield expansion. The facility’s $604,000 development project included the construction of a small passenger terminal and two 4,000-foot (1,200 m) intersecting runways. After the expansion was completed, the airport was renamed Fannin Field in honor of the Panama City mayor during this period.
Through World War II the airport was a Civil Air Patrol facility. In 1943 the Florida legislature approved the formation of an airport authority, the Panama City–Bay County Airport and Industrial District, to manage Fannin Field, or Panama City–Bay County Airport, as it became known. In 1948 commercial operations began. During the 1970s-1980s many jet airliners landed at Panama City, but flights were mainly point-to-point with few destinations and passengers were few.
In 1992 the airport was equipped with on-call customs and immigrations facilities provided through the Port of Panama City and was designated as an international airport and renamed Panama City–Bay County International Airport. The airport was declared a Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ), allowing special customs procedures. These permit domestic activity involving foreign items to take place as though they were outside of U.S. Customs territory.
In 1995 the airport went through extensive development, demolishing the old terminal building and building a new 55,573-square-foot (5,162.9 m2) facility with six gates, two with jetbridges. The terminal had concession areas, a passenger hold room, ticketing counters and airline office space, airport administration offices, public and rental car parking lots, and a larger apron. Service included Delta Connection to Atlanta, US Airways Express to Charlotte (and other destinations initially) and Northwest Airlink to Memphis.
Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport replaced Panama City–Bay County International Airport, which lacked room to expand. The new airport opened May 23, 2010. The only service left was Delta Connection to Atlanta, which moved to the new airport, joined by new service from Southwest Airlines.
Panama City–Bay County International Airport covered 745 acres (301 ha) at an elevation of 20 feet (6 m). It had two asphalt runways: 14/32 was 6,308 x 150 ft (1,923 x 46 m) and 5/23 was 4,884 x 150 ft (1,489 x 46 m).
In 2006 the airport had 88,059 aircraft operations, average 241 per day: 72% general aviation, 13% air taxi (11,080), 10% military and 5% airline. 160 aircraft were then based at the airport: 58% single-engine, 18% multi-engine, 9% jet and 15% helicopter.
- FAA Airport Master Record for ECP ( PDF), effective 2008-04-10
- Owens, Sarah "Old airport's closing is ‘bittersweet'" (May 22, 2010) The Walton Sun
- Panama City–Bay County International Airport relocation project
- Panama City–Bay County International Airport (KPFN), FAA information effective July 29, 2010, published by AirNav
- Aeronautical chart from SkyVector