Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport, the first commercial international airport to be built in the U.S. in past 15 years, began operations on Sunday, May 23. To celebrate this historic event, a ribbon-cutting grand opening celebration was held on Saturday, May 22. The event was open to the public, and featured live music, F-15 flyover, speeches and the arrival of the first Southwest Airlines plane.
Speakers included Gov. Charlie Crist, Sen. Bill Nelson, Congressman Allen Boyd, Airport Authority Chairman Joe Tannehill, Bob Montgomery, Southwest Airlines Vice President â€“ Properties, and Britt Greene, Chief Executive Officer of The St. Joe Company. Click here to see more photos!