Which Airlines Fly to Destin?

Allegiant, American, Delta, Southwest, United, & More!

Posted on 5/17/2022

For many years, Destin has been a traditional "drive to" destination due to its close proximity to cities throughout the Southeast and the former lack of airline connections. It only takes about a five or six-hour drive from places like Atlanta, which is less than a day's drive away. Many airline connections have been established in recent years as Destin is becoming a household name due to our bright white beaches, glowing emerald green waters, and abundant natural beauty. This allows folk from far-flung places to get here quickly by air. Destin is served by three major airports, which now include many direct and nonstop flights, so you can get here in hardly any time at all.


Destin - Fort Walton Beach Airport

Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airline Flights

The closest airport to Destin is the award-winning Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS), formerly known as Northwest Florida Regional Airport. It is across the bay and only a twenty to thirty-minute drive from Destin proper. Almost one million passengers use this airport every year to visit our shimmering shores. The expansive 110,000 square foot terminal has vaulted ceilings with multiple skylights that provide a welcoming, spacious sunny look. A unique, colorful terrazzo map is inlaid onto the main foyer flooring that creatively displays all of Choctawhatchee Bay, Ft. Walton Beach, Destin, and the Gulf. Over 50 nonstop flights arrive here daily from national hub cities at the height of the season. The following airlines have direct or nonstop flights into this airport:

Allegiant: Non-stop, seasonal service: Ashville, North Carolina; Austin, Texas; Baltimore, Maryland; Belleville, Illinois; Benton, Arkansas; Bloomington, Illinois; Boston, Massachusetts; Chicago, Illinois; Cincinnati, Ohio; Clarksburg, West Virginia; Columbus, Ohio; Concord, North Carolina; Des Moines, Iowa; Evansville, Indiana; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Houston, Texas; Huntington, West Virginia; Indianapolis, Indiana; Kansas City, Missouri; Knoxville, Tennessee; Las Vegas, Nevada; Lexington, Kentucky; Little Rock, Arkansas; Louisville, Kentucky; Memphis, Tennessee; Minneapolis, Minnesota; New York City, New York; Northwest Arkansas, Arkansas; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Peoria, Illinois; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Shreveport, Louisiana; Springfield, Missouri: Tulsa, Oklahoma; Washington D.C., Wichita, Kansas.

American Airlines: Flights from Charlotte, North Carolina; Chicago, Illinois; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC.

Delta Airlines: Nonstop flights from Atlanta, Georgia.

Southwest Airlines: Flights from Atlanta, Georgia; Nashville, Tennessee; Dallas, Houston, Austin Texas; Baltimore, Maryland; and Chicago, Illinois; Denver, Colorado; and Washington, DC.

United Airlines: Flights from Chicago, Illinois; Dallas, Houston, Texas; Denver, Colorado, and Washington, DC.


Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport

Northwest Florida Beach Airline Flights

Affectionately known as Beaches International (ECP), this state-of-the-art airport opened twelve years ago and is one of the newest international airports in the nation. It received numerous accolades as the first "green" airport in the country for land conservation and preservation. The 125,000 square-foot terminal building has seven gates, state-of-the-art security, quick baggage delivery systems, and Wi-Fi. The 1,400 acres of beautiful forested grounds around it include large open areas with 10,000 linear foot runways that can accommodate giant Airbus flights from Europe in the future. This airport has the closest location to our vacation rentals in Panama City Beach, along Scenic 30A in South Walton and Miramar Beach. The following airlines fly directly into this international airport:

American Airlines: Charlotte, North Carolina; Chicago, Illinois; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Washington, D.C.

Delta Airlines: Nonstop flights from Atlanta, Georgia.

Southwest Airlines: Atlanta, Georgia; Austin, Texas; Baltimore, Maryland; Chicago, Illinois; Dallas, Texas; Denver, Colorado; Houston, Texas; Nashville, Tennessee; Washington, D.C.

United Airlines: Chicago, Illinois; Dallas, Texas; Denver, Colorado; Houston, Texas; Washington, D.C.

Pensacola International Airport

The Emerald Coast's original airport is the Pensacola International Airport (formerly Pensacola Gulf Coast Regional Airport). PNS began receiving flights in 1935 before the fishing hamlet of Destin even had electricity. It is located in northeast Pensacola off Interstate 110. The airport location is about a 90-minute drive time from most Ocean Reef vacation rentals. This airport has been completely renovated and expanded to include 16 gates and state-of-the-art services. The following airlines fly into Pensacola:

American Airlines: Nonstop flights from Charlotte, North Carolina; Boston, Massachusetts; Washington, DC; Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas; Miami, Florida; Chicago, Illinois; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Delta Airlines: Nonstop flights from Atlanta, Georgia.

Frontier Airlines: Direct flights from Denver, Colorado.

Silver Airways: Orlando, Florida; Tampa, Florida

Southwest Airlines: Direct flights from Atlanta, Georgia; Chicago, Illinois; Dallas, Texas; Denver, Colorado; Houston, Texas; Nashville, Tennessee; St. Louis, Missouri.

Spirit: Nonstop flights from Orlando, Florida.

United Airlines: Nonstop flights from Denver, Colorado; Houston, Texas; Washington, D.C.; Chicago, Illinois.


Destin Executive Airport

Destin Executive Airport

It should be noted that if you are fortunate enough to have your own plane or access to a corporate jet you may fly right into the Destin Executive Airport which is right in the center of town.


Please take a look at which airlines fly to points in paradise from a city near you and start to make reservations at one of our wonderful Destin vacation rentals today. Now just like the classic Beach Boy song said, you "can get there fast and then take it slow"! Ocean Reef Resorts bids you happy landings along our sugary shore, and it will be our pleasure to have your awesome "beach home away from home" ready for you upon arrival.

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