Tuesday, November 16, 2021

PNS eyes expansion

PENSACOLA, Fla. - Pensacola International Airport (PNS) officials are looking to build a new concourse and expand parking in the wake of record-breaking demand following the lows of the pandemic. Airport Director Matt Coughlin on Monday said that in peak season between Memorial Day and Labor Day this year the number of people boarding flights had increased by 25 percent over 2019’s pre-COVID numbers. The airport added two new airlines in Spirit and Boutique Air this year, and went from 20 nonstop destinations to 30. Delta Air Lines announced Monday it would add nonstop daily service from Pensacola to New York's LaGuardia Airport, an example of why expansion is necessary, according to Coughlin. A 300-space parking expansion is underway that will add about 10 percent more parking on site, a customs and border patrol facility is on track to be complete in December. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 11/16/21, WEAR-TV, 11/15/21)