A beautiful photo from Destin, FL

Our Airport Has a New Name

Destin-Ft. Walton Beach Regional Airport

The old photo from the NW Florida Daily News library shows the beginnings of our airport in the 1930’s.  It was called the Valparaiso Airport, run by the U.S. Army Air Corps at Eglin Field which is now Eglin Air Force Base.  In recent years, it was known as the Northwest Florida Regional Airport with the airport code of VPS and it has sometimes been referred to as the Okaloosa airport. (It is located in Okaloosa County.)

A name change by the county commission means the airport will now go by the title of the Destin-Ft. Walton Beach Regional Airport.  A marketing consultant urged the name change since a majority of passengers travel to the area to reach either Destin or Fort Walton Beach. Technically, the airport is about a 30 minute drive to Destin. The airport is served by American, Delta, United, and US Airways.

The Destin-Ft. Walton Beach Airport is not to be confused with the smaller Destin Executive Airport which is located in Destin and serves general aviation and Southern Airways Express.  Southern is also currently offering excellent spring break specials for selected cities.  The executive airport’s code is DTS.

The name change may have also been encouraged to avoid confusion with the newer airport in Panama City which goes by the name Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport. It uses the airport code ECP and is now serviced by Delta and Southwest. Beginning next month, United and Silver Airlines will begin offering flights into Panama City. The drive time from the Panama City airport to downtown Destin is about one hour.

One other option for travelers to reach our beautiful beaches of Destin, FL is the Pensacola International Airport with airport code PNS.  It is served by all major airlines, including Southwest, and is about a one hour and 30 minute drive into Destin.

So isn’t about time to plan a little getaway from the cold and snow to the beach and sunshine?  I think so!

Stay Warm & Happy Planning!

Kendra Veach

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