Gulf Shores getting commercial air flights

Rushing to build terminal as Nashville connection begins Aug. 31

GULF SHORES, Alabama (WDEF) – We may be able to fly into Gulf Shores instead of drive by the end of the summer.

 

The popular tourist destination on the Gulf Coast has major traffic issues.

 

So the community is pushing to bring in airline service to cut down on congestion.

 

Gulf Shores Airport Authority reports they have discount airline service beginning on August 31st, including one connection from Nashville.

 

The catch is that they have to open a terminal for the flights that doesn’t exist now.

 

So officials are proposing a temporary terminal that they can build in four months.

 

The plan would include electronic kiosks, six ticket counters, two TSA screeners, and an outdoor baggage area.

 

The long-term plan is for a two-gate airport terminal, but that won’t be finished for at least four years.

 

The two carriers that have signed on so far are Sun Country with flights from Minneapolis, and Elite Airways with the flights from Nashville.

 

Officials say they will announce a new carrier promising 7 more destinations in June.

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