Cheap Flights to Panama City Bay County

The Panama City – Bay County International Airport was a public airport three miles north-west of Panama City, the seat of Bay County in Florida, United States. It was previously owned by the Panama City – Bay County Airport and Industrial District, before being reduced to a general aviation facility (2010) and further closed down. It stood at an elevation of 20 feet above mean sea level, and had two asphalt runways, each measuring 6,308 feet and 4,884 feet, respectively.

All airline services previously channelled on the defunct airport were transported to the new Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport. The facility, which measures 292 acres, including the runways, are going to be converted into homes, shops, walking trails, and a marina.

What to see & do

The old Panama City – Bay County International Airport's site is located in Panama City, a commune in the Bay County of Florida in the United States. It should not be confused with another city called Panama, which is the capital of the country of the same name. Florida's Panama City is located along US Route 98, and is considered as the largest city between Tallahassee and Pensacola. It is the more populated of the two principal cities in the Panama City-Lynn haven Metropolitan Statistical Area, and has been the county seat of Bay County for the longest time.

Panama City was previously called as the town of Harrison, before its developer, George Mortimer West, gave the town its present name because it was on a direct line between Chicago and the city of Panama in Central America. The name change took place during the building of the Panama Canal, as a way to link the area to an ongoing media interest, in hopes of promoting real estate development in Bay County.

Exploring Panama City's destinations is easy – mainly because most of the attractions are located in one area – which is the main marina. The Marina is home to various activities in the city, and is known as one of the more popular places to visit in the city. The Marina presents dolphin and whale-watching tours and immersions, apart from being the home of yachts and catamarans. It is also a place where people can enjoy water skiing and jet skiing, and try fishing charters and related tours.

Apart from the Marina, travellers may also explore the various galleries here, including the Paul Brent Gallery and the Museum of Man in the Sea, which is actually a supplementary museum to the city's Marina. Moreover, visitors may also delve into the culture and partake in various events, including the annual Blessing of the Fleet, Spring Boat Show, Spring Festival of the Arts, Oktoberfest, and many others.

How to get around within Panama City

The extensive intercity and intracity bus lines are the best ways to go around the city and the vicinity. Other modes meanwhile include taxis, and boats, if crossing or cruising in the Marina.

How to get there

The Panama City – Bay County International Airport was replaced by the Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport. The Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport is located some 18 miles north-west of Panama City, and the first international airport designed and built since the 9/11 attacks. Flights are provided by Delta Connection, Delta Airlines, Silver Airways, South-west Airlines, and United Express. The airport also has a private terminal, with an on-demand charter operating and in-service.

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