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Destin – Fort Walton Beach Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Destin – Fort Walton Beach Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

I have never been to an airport with employees that seem to have SO little to do ..that making a customer’s experience an absolute Hell is the highlight of their day. – Guest Reviewer

This airport closes at approx. 10:00PM – 4:00AM. It is not possible to stay inside the terminal. You will be asked to leave!

VPS Airport Overview

destin fort walton airport guideTo help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Destin – Fort Walton Beach Airport.

What to Expect

A small terminal comprises Destin – Fort Walton Beach Airport (code: VPS). Three gates are located in the upper concourse and another three gates are located in the lower concourse. Amenities are limited, with a couple eateries, a cafe, and a few shops, but the good news is that free WiFi is available. No pay-to-use airport lounges are available.

Where to Sleep

This airport closes from about 10:00PM until 4:00AM, so overnight sleeping is not possible here. For uninterrupted sleep, a few hotels are located nearby. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Airport Hotels

As sleeping in the airport overnight is not possible, you will want to look at some hotel options:

  • Comfort Suites At Eglin Air Force Base – (3 miles from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Best Western Niceville – Eglin AFB – (3 miles from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Quality Inn At Eglin Air Force Base – (3 miles from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Destin – Fort Walton Beach Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

There are no pay-per-use lounges at this airport.

Military Lounges

USO Lounge – The USO offers a lounge that is free of charge to active members of the US military and their families.  Location: Landside, across from check-in counters. Hours: 5:00AM – 8:00PM.

Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Destin – Fort Walton Beach Airport.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Landside, near the main entrance • Airside, upper level of the concourse.

Baby Care Facilities – Baby-changing facilities are available in the airport’s family restrooms.

Disabled Services – Requests for additional support should be made with your airline.

Duty Free & Shopping – Gift shops are located landside near security, and on the upper and lower levels.

Food & Drink – Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour dining options. Food options include: Emerald Coast Bar & Grill (Landside and Airside) • Quizno’s • Tropical Landing Bar.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Mobile Charging – At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

Showers – Not available.

Airport Hours

The airport is open from 4:00AM – 12:00AM.

A reader has let us know that the airport closes between 10:00PM – 4:00AM. He says “the airport that is near Fort Walton beach which is called Northwest regional airport closes its doors and makes all people leave the airport at 10:00PM till 4:00AM for the flight that leaves at 6:00AM. Our son was stranded their on Jan 2, 2016. the police told everyone to leave at 10:00PM as the airport will close and will not reopen till 4:00AM for the flight that leaves at 6:00AM to Atlanta Ga. It was very cold that night and our son had to walk 4 miles to the nearest waffle house to get inside for the night. When he got back lots of people were standing outside waiting for the airport to open. We were unaware that the airport was closed for the night.”


Destin – Fort Walton Beach airport is served by the following airlines: Allegiant Airlines • American AirlinesDelta Air Lines • Silver Airways • United Airlines.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Car Rentals

The following companies have desks in the baggage claim lobby on the lower level. Onsite car rental agencies include: Alamo • Avis • Budget • Destin Jeep Rentals • Dollar • Enterprise • Hertz • National.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels provide airport transportation service as a courtesy to their guests. Here are a few hotels offering airport shuttle service: Holiday Inn at Eglin Air Force Base.

Shared-Ride Vehicles

Shared-ride transportation services offer an economical way to travel between VPS airport and city center.


Taxis are available in the ground transportation area 24-hours a day. All taxis are metered, and reservations are not required.

Last updated: 2020-03-05

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.