Southwest Florida Airport Sees Record-Breaking Passenger Numbers For September 2019

The terminal at RSW airport (Photo: Lee County Port Authority [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)])

The Lee County Port Authority (LCPA) recently announced a record-breaking passenger count for Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) in Fort Myers, Florida during September of 2019. 460,869 passengers traveled through the airport during September 2019, a 10.2 percent increase over September 2018 according to the LCPA.

The announcement comes as facilities at RSW begin to expand. In August of 2019, work commenced on a new control tower and Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) facility. Airlines are also increasing the number of flights and destinations accessible from the region. United will begin twice-daily year-round service between Southwest Florida and Washington Dulles starting on Oct. 27, 2019. Spirit will begin daily non-stop service between RSW and Indianapolis starting in November of this year.

RSW’s increasing numbers should not be surprising. Originally certified for operation in May 1983, the airport is one of the newer airports in the United States. With its 12,000-foot runway and international arrivals facility which includes customs/immigration services, the airport is capable of handling wide-body international flights. These features, along with RSW’s location along Florida’s Gulf Coast, likely help to explain the airport’s increasing passenger count.

During September 2019, Delta had the most passengers traveling to and from RSW at 105,797 passengers. This was over 17,000 more passengers than the next carrier on the list, American Airlines, which had 88,436 passengers traveling to and from RSW during September of 2019.  Coming in third on the list was Southwest Airlines, with 70,682 passengers traveling to and from RSW, followed by JetBlue with 68,359 passengers and United with 39,136 passengers.

The airport’s record-breaking September follows high passenger numbers in July of 2019 (570,977 passengers) and August of 2019 (526,519 passengers). As they did in September of 2019, RSW’s total passenger count for 2018 was approximately 9.4 million. According to LCPA, RSW is on track to reach 10 million passengers for 2019.

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