Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport welcomes Southwest Airlines, flights begin


OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. (WKRG) — Southwest Airlines has touched down in Okaloosa County.

The Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) celebrated the arrival of its inaugural Southwest flight from Dallas Thursday afternoon. It was introduced in February Southwest Airlines could be becoming a member of the airport.

“We’ve received six every day flights beginning so that features … one to Baltimore, three to Nashville, and two to Dallas, in order that’s efficient in the present day,” mentioned Bill Tierney, vp of promoting for Southwest Airlines. “First day of service and we couldn’t be extra excited to be right here.”

Dozens of local people leaders gathered for a ceremony Thursday celebrating the airport’s achievement in including Southwest Airlines to its record of carriers.

“After 15 years, we landed the large one,” mentioned Tracy Stage, the airport’s director. “The primary provider within the U.S.”

Stage mentioned including Southwest Airlines could be nice for native tourism and the financial system.

“It’s a monumental win for the residents, the enterprise and the trade in Okaloosa County,” Stage mentioned.

The airport was buzzing Thursday afternoon with vacationers excited to chill out on the seashores in Okaloosa County. Southwest Airlines sees the world as a significant trip vacation spot, which led the provider to signal on at VPS.

“Well in the event you’ve been to the seashores, you’d know,” Tierney mentioned. “It’s received all of the issues that individuals are searching for in a trip.”

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