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Article By: Tony Judnich


Major expansions to its parking, airplane apron and concourse areas and the possible construction of an office building help make up a total of more than $33 million worth of future planned and potential projects at Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport.

Those and other anticipated changes, some of which could get underway this year, will help the infrastructure at the 62-year-old VPS meet growing demands, county Airports Director Tracy Stage said Monday.

“We are the fastest growing airport in the country,” said Stage, who noted that all four airlines — Allegiant Air, American Airlines, Delta and United — at VPS have recently added flights to new destinations and more frequent trips to existing destinations.

The newest flights were announced last month. Starting June 6, Allegiant plans to offer non-stop service from VPS to Omaha, Nebraska and Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Those flights will bring VPS’s total number of nonstop destinations to 30. Of those, 22 are provided by Allegiant.

Overall, “I fully expect the growth to continue,” Stage said. “These are tremendous additions to our airport and the airport system, which has put a lot of challenges on us.”

In fiscal 2018, VPS set yet another new passenger count record with a total of more than 1.4 million passengers. That total represented 21 percent growth over 2017 and a near-doubling of its total passengers since 2015, with 82 percent overall growth in three years, according to Stage.