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Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport Planning For the Future

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Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport is only three years old but what will it look like 20 years from now?

Airport Board Members along with RW Armstrong a consulting company that was brought in by the airport is looking at ways to improve ECP over the next 5 to 20 years.

Also discussed tonight was long and short term parking including employee parking, terminal size and capability to accommodate the increase in passengers, but the biggest topic on Thursdays  agenda was the east west runway.

Paul S. Puckli Director of Airport Planning for RW Armstrong says he is optimistic about the future.

"The FAA has been a big part of this process be they pay a good portions of the tab and having them as an integral part of the planning program has been important and they have endorsed every thing we have presented every thing that we have presented to them to date as had the Airport Authority and the varies adviser committees that we have met with including the public," says Puckli.

This is  the second public meeting in the process to get ECP to the point where it can handle the estimated 800 thousand passenger load per year projected for 2033.