Pensacola International Airport (IATA: PNS, ICAO: KPNS) began its operation two years after the terminal was built in 1935. First airlines, Atlantic and Gulf Airlines, stopped operating at the airport couple of months after failing to get the airmail contract.
The airport was a U.S. Navy training base for a while from 1940 to 1945. In 1947 Eastern Air Lines started to operate through the airbase. Later, in 1952, all of the airlines' operations were moved to the new terminal that replaced the former one.
In 1978, after the Airlines Deregulation Act that introduced a free market in the commercial airline industry, several airlines started to serve their flights through the airport.
The current terminal building was constructed in 1990, and AirTran Airways began its operation at the airport in 2001. After a long break, American Airlines started to operate through the airport again in 2004 as well. Few other airlines joined later on.
About the airport
Pensacola International Airport (IATA: PNS, ICAO: KPNS) is a public use airport located 6 kilometers away from Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida, United States. Even though the name of the airport states that it is an international airbase, it does not provide direct international flights.
Notably, the airport served 1.6 million passengers in 2015. The airport covers an area of approximately 490 hectares and is located 37 meters above mean sea level. The airbase has two runways: 17/35 which is 2.135 meters long and 8/26 which is 2.134 meters long. The second runway was extended by 1.000 feet in 2006. The runway 17/35 is planned to be reached by 1.500 feet as well.
In 2017 the airport managed to serve 117,413 aircraft operations, 56% of which were general aviation operations, 22% were military, 11% commercial and about 10% were air taxi operations. The airport also hosted 102 aircraft in 2017, 71 of which were single-engine ones, 13 multi-engine, 16 jets, and only 2 helicopters.
Pensacola, Florida, is the county seat of Escambia County located 21 kilometers from Alabama. The city is also the capital of the Pensacola metropolitan area with the approximate population of 461.227 residents by 2012.
Pensacola is a seaport of Pensacola Bay located at the northeastern part of Florida, United States.
Notably, the city was nicknamed ‘The City of Five Flags' as it was affected by the government of five different countries: the flag of France, Great Britain, Spain (Castile), the United States of America, and the Confederate States of America.
The city was also called ‘The Cradle of Naval Aviation' as it hosts the first Naval Air Station of the United States. Lots of famous aviators, as Neil Armstrong and John H. Glenn, took their training there. The National Museum of Naval Aviation is located at the Naval Air Station as well, that is opened to the public's attention. The museum hosts a collection of vintage aircraft, symposiums, displays, and even IMAX movies about the aircraft.
The city is also known for its festivals and cultural exhibitions. For instance, the Pensacola Seafood Festival and the Pensacola Crawfish Festival are hosted by the town for already 30 years straight. Moreover, the Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival and the Children's Art Festival which are held annually as well in Pensacola.
Among the services provided by the airport to the passengers and the guests there are:
Wi-Fi that is available for all visitors of the airport throughout the whole terminal without a password.
Public Telephone Services are available at the airport as well. Public phones are located on the ground level of the terminal near the Gates 2, 5, 6, and 8.
Postal Box is located right across the Airline Ticketing Area on the ground floor of the terminal.
Courtesy ‘Paging' Telephones are located both on the ground (between baggage claim area and escalator) and upper floors of the airport (near the Gates 2 and 7).
While being in Pensacola, the one shall consider visiting some places the city is famous for. Those might be:
First National Bank Building, also known as the Citizens and Peoples National Bank Building, was built in Pensacola in 1906-1908 by the Mowbray and Uffinger architectural firm. The building was included in the A Guide to Florida's Historic Architecture list that was published by the University of Florida Press.
Pensacola Light is a lighthouse located at Pensacola Bay and hosts the Pensacola Lighthouse Museum. The lighthouse was formerly known as Aurora Borealis. The building was included in the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.
United Express provides flights from Pensacola to Houston with the minimum price per 1 adult round-trip ticket of $557, and seasonal flights to Chicago with the minimum price per 1 adult round-trip ticket of $556 and Newark with the minimum price per 1 adult round-trip ticket of $877. The prices for tickets were taken from the official website and are indicated for November-December 2018.