Direct Flights to the Emerald Coast From These 19 U.S. Cities

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Transportation and travel have come a long way over the years and the sugar white sands and emerald green water along the gulf coast in Northwest Florida have not always been the easiest to access by our friends in other states. As bridges were built, it made this little slice of heaven easier to access. As airports began to grow in the area, the Emerald Coast has become a fly-to destination for many families, couples, business travelers and holiday voyagers. 

Not only do the beach lovers unite in awe over the exquisite beauty of the beaches, but golf enthusiasts, beer connoisseurs, eco-travelers, wine lovers, fishing aficionados, and foodies make an effort to reach this destination in search of many other greats that the Destin and South Walton areas have to offer. With this area boasting of great culinary, sports, outdoor activities and family fun, more people have made an effort to travel here for vacations and getaways, and it's constantly getting easier (and quicker) to get here from other areas of our beloved country as direct flights to Northwest Florida have made the destination map for airlines such as Allegiant, American Airlines, Delta, GLO, Silver Airways, Southern Airways Express, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines.

Destin and South Walton are now serviced by 3 regional and international airports working with these major airlines to allow other parts of the country to easily access this hidden gem. 

  • Fly VPS | Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport
    • Location: Valparaiso
    • Airport Code: VPS
    • Airlines: Allegiant, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, GLO, United Airlines, Southern Airways Express
    • Website:
  • Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport 
    • Location: Panama City Beach
    • Airport Code: ECP
    • Airlines: Delta, Southwest Airlines, Silver Airways, United Airlines
    • Website:
  • Pensacola International Airport
    • Location: Pensacola
    • Airport Code: PNS
    • American Airlines, Delta, Silver Airways, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines
    • Website:

Each of these airports sits an hour or less from the Destin and South Walton destinations, so flying to the beach from one of these large US cities is basically now just a HOP, SKIP and a JUMP away! 


HOP in your car (or local shuttle/taxi service), SKIP the long drive to the beach with a nonstop flight from one of these city's major airports, and JUMP to your rental accommodation and be on the beach with your toes in the soft, white sand within a matter of hours! Voila! 

Eager tourists can now access their Destin and South Walton destinations within a few hours from these US cities:

1. Atlanta

  • Nonstop flights from Atlanta to the beach arrive at all three airports mentioned (ECP, PNS & VPS) on Delta

2. Baltimore 

  • Southwest Airlines offers direct flights from Baltimore to Panama City Beach (ECP)

3. Charlotte

  • American Airlines offers direct flights from Charlotte to Pensacola (PNS) and Valparaiso (VPS)

4. Chicago

  • Chicago flights, direct to Pensacola (PNS), are offered by United Airlines

5. Cincinnati

  • Allegiant Airlines is now flying nonstop from Cincinnati to Valparaiso (VPS)

6. Dallas - Fort Worth

  • Fly direct from Dallas to Pensacola (PNS) or Valparaiso (VPS) on American Airlines or to Panama City Beach (ECP) on Southwest Airlines

7. Fort Lauderdale

  • Allegiant Airlines has added nonstop flights from Fort Lauderdale to Valparaiso (VPS) 5/16/16-8/14/16

8. Houston

  • United Airlines flies direct from Houston to each of the three airports mentioned above (ECP, PNS, VPS)

9. Knoxville

  • Fly direct from Knoxville to Valparaiso (VPS) with Allegiant Airlines 5/27/16-8/15/16

10. Little Rock

  • GLO has added a direct flight from Little Rock to Valparaiso (VPS)

11. Memphis

  • Fly Allegiant Airlines direct to Valparaiso (VPS) from Memphis 5/27/16-8/15/15

12. Miami

  • Fly from Miami to Pensacola (PNS) nonstop on American Airlines

13. Nashville

  • Southwest Airlines routes direct flights from Nashville to Pensacola (PNS) and Panama City Beach (ECP)

14. New Orleans

  • Take a quick, direct flight from New Orleans to Valparaiso (VPS) with GLO 6/24/16-9/6/16

15. Oklahoma City

  • Allegiant Airlines now offers nonstop flights from Oklahoma City to Valparaiso (VPS) 5/26/16-8/14/16

16. Orlando

  • Silver Airways flies direct from Orlando to Pensacola (PNS) and Panama City Beach (PCB)

17. St. Louis

  • Fly Allegiant Airlines from St. Louis direct to Valparaiso (VPS) or fly Southwest Airlines from St. Louis to Panama City Beach (ECP)

18. Tampa

  • Take a quick direct flight from Tampa to Panama City Beach (ECP) or Pensacola (PNS) on Silver Airways

19. Washington D.C.

  • American Airlines flies nonstop from Washington D.C. to Pensacola (PNS) and Valparaiso (VPS), seasonally
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