About Destin-Fort Walton Beach- VPS

Southern Airways
Southern Airways Douglas DC-9-15 pictured at Panama City in 1970.

Destin – Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) is the preferred aviation gateway to Florida’s Gulf Coast and is an excellent option when making travel plans to Northwest Florida. Convenient and centrally located within the top ten places to live and do business throughout the United States.

Southern Airways is proud to have the VPS Airport serves Destin and Fort Walton Beach.

1957 — The Northwest Florida Air Terminal opened on Eglin Air Force Base in building 89 with 3 personnel (Airport Manager, Security and Admin Support). Southern Airways was the lone air carrier flying 2 flights per day. Passengers would enter the base through the TAC gate on the east side of the base in Valparaiso, Fl, thus the airport code of VPS was born.

1968 — Southern Airways began flying four DC-9 aircraft daily out of VPS and Air New Orleans began flying 2 daily operations with service to New Orleans.




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