ECP Airport Approves 2018 Budget

BAY COUNTY, Fla. - Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport employees will see more money in their pockets next year. Employee raises were just one component of the 2018 airport budget that was approved Wednesday by the board. The 53 employees will see a 2 percent raise next year.

Many different improvement projects will also receive funding like the mitigation efforts of the 9,600 acres to the South of the airport. Other funds will go to replacing some passenger loading bridges and general airport infrastructure improvements. 

"We've got a pretty broad spectrum of projects and equipment that we are going to get but overall we've kept our costs relatively close to what they were last year and our cost per plane passenger is right in line where it was last year. The airlines are pretty happy with the performance of the airport and the community," said Airport Director Parker McClellan. 

The board said that passenger traffic is up 7.3 percent for the year compared to last year at this time.

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