Southwest Airlines Panama City Beach
By: Jason Koertge
The old mantra, â€œIf you build it, they will come,â€ certainly seems true with the new Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport. Â Despite opposition, the new location seems to be meeting expectations. Â With a new parking facility under construction and monthly passenger traffic up almost three times what is was in the old airport, itâ€™s safe to say the new facility is getting itâ€™s use.
The Airport Authority recently named Andy McKenzie the new chairman of the board, in replacement of Gerry Clemons. Â Clemons retired his position due to term limits.
A lifelong resident of Panama City, Mr. McKenzie has been a member of the Airport Authority since 2005. Mr. McKenzie is CEO and founder of McKenzie Insurance Associates, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, and previously served as chief investigator for the Bay County Sheriffâ€™s Department.
â€œI am honored to serve as chairman of the Airport Authority and look forward to continuing the success that the Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport has experienced in its first year of operation,â€ said McKenzie.
One of these successes was the Airportâ€™s milestone of serving one million passengers, which it reached in July.
â€œServing one million passengers is a tremendous achievement,â€ said McKenzie. â€œI know the Airportâ€™s outstanding leadership and staff will drive this momentum even further as they continue to provide the highest quality service to passengers.â€
The Airport Authority also voted John E. Pilcher, III as its vice-chair. Inducted to the Airport Authority in 2010, Mr. Pilcher owns Pilcher Storage and has served on the Panama City Commission.