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Northwest Florida Beaches Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Northwest Florida Beaches 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.

ECP Airport Overview

northwest florida beaches airport guideTo help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Northwest Florida Beaches Airport.

What to Expect

Northwest Florida Beaches Airport (code: ECP) has a single, modern terminal with seven departure gates. Amenities include three restaurants, a cafe, a gift shop, and free WiFi. If you’re staying the night, plan ahead for snacks and water as eateries close at night. There are no pay-to-use airport lounges.

Where to Sleep

Overnight sleepers can take advantage of couches and vending machines at the far end of the airport, but it’s unclear if this area is landside or airside. It seems security guards are stationed in the terminal and may check in with you. For uninterrupted sleep, hotels are located in the area. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

Covid-19 Update

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours.  Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021.  To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport 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

If sleeping in Northwest Florida Beaches Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Palmetto Inn & Suites – (17 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Hampton Inn & Suites Panama City Beach – Pier Park Area – (19 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • La Quinta Inn & Suites PCB Pier Park Area – (19 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates

To find a cheap room, there is a list of hotels near Northwest Florida Beaches 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 in the airport.

Military Lounge

The Military Welcome Center is a quiet place for active duty, retired military personnel and Department of Defense employees to relax while waiting at the airport. Services includes: snacks, drinks, WiFi, children’s play area and television. Hours: 8:00AM – 8:00PM.

Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available throughout the airport. Connect to the “I Fly Beaches” network.

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. Location: Next to the downstairs gift shop

Food & Drinks – Food concessions throughout the airport operate according to daily flight schedule. At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour dining options. Food options include: Beach Time Grill • Emerald Coast Pub • Espressology • Grayton Beer Landing Strip.

Information Desk – The Military Welcome Center (see Airport Lounges above) also provides airport and local information to all airport travellers.

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.

Pet Relief Area – A designated, fenced-in pet relief area is available outside of the northern end of the terminal.

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

Shopping – A gift shop can be found on the upper and lower levels.

Showers – Not available.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.


Northwest Florida Regional airport is served by the following airlines: American Airlines Delta Air Lines • Southwest • United Airlines.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Car Rentals

The following car rental agencies offer services onsite: Alamo • Avis • Budget • Dollar/Thrifty • Enterprise • Hertz • National.


The airport is not connected to the public transportation system; however, it is well connected with private shuttle and transfer companies. For contact information, visit the Northwest Florida Beaches Airport website.


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

Last updated: 2021-10-20

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.