August 2023 Escalator Update: What’s Up is Down, and What’s Down is Up

Regular travelers to Pensacola International Airport will know that we are currently in the middle of several projects to modernize and expand the airport terminal. One of those projects earlier this year was the replacement of the “down” escalator. Since there are two escalators at PNS, it is time to begin work replacing the “up” escalator.

Beginning the week of August 14, 2023, we will start work on this project. Initially the contractors will put up the construction wall around the current “up” escalator to prepare for the actual removal and replacement of that equipment. We expect the work to be completed before Thanksgiving.

In the meantime, the current “down” escalator will be reversed to carry passengers up to the security checkpoint from the first floor. Once off the escalator at the second floor, there will be a new walking path to get to the security screening checkpoint. This will prevent arriving and departing passengers crossing paths at the terminal’s most congested spot near the top of the escalators.

What This Means for Travelers
If you are departing from PNS, you will be able to use the elevators, the stairs, or the one escalator to go from the first floor up to the security checkpoint. Look for the signs guiding you to the updated walking path toward the TSA checkpoint.

If you are arriving at PNS, the elevators and stairs will be available for you to use to descend from the concourse to the first floor for baggage claim or ground transportation.

In addition, the second floor of the terminal can be accessed from the second floor of the parking garage, where there are two elevators available for use as well.

Regardless of whether you are flying to or from PNS, we would recommend that you continue to arrive two hours early for your flight to allow plenty of time for parking, checking-in and security screening. Pay special attention to your airline’s web page or mobile app to stay updated with any flight changes or delays during this hectic travel and weather season. You can also check the status of PNS departures or arrivals at our website.

We apologize for this inconvenience. As part of our ongoing improvements at PNS, we have tried to time these upgrades and manage their timing as much as possible to allow you to Fly Easy. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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