xml:space="preserve">
xml:space="preserve">
Advertisement
Advertisement

SWA marks new service to Fla. beaches with free trips

I know, Southwest Airlines already serves many of Florida's Gulf and Atlantic coast beaches, but this is new service to Northwest Florida Beaches - Panama City Beach, Beaches of South Walton, Destin beaches - begins this Sunday, May 23. Just in time for Memorial Day.

A Southwest spokesperson says ticket sales have been "very strong and meeting our expectations." The airline plans a big take-off event for Monday, noon to 1 p.m., at McKeldin Square, corner of Pratt and Light streets, where they will be giving away six - count 'em, 6! - roundtrip tickets to Northwest Florida.

Advertisement

The square is going to be transformed into a beach scene with beach balls, beach bags, the Orioles Mascot and Southwest employees dressed for the beach. The first 200 people to show up will receive a free beach bag packed with supplies for a vacation in Panama City Beach. Six of the beach bags will contain the free roundtrip plane tickets plus hotel accommodations.

 Photo of Panama City Beach, by Gary Bogdon

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement