Southwest Florida International Airport is located in the South Fort Myers region of Lee County, Florida, United States. The RSW airport is a Lee county-owned airport operated by Lee Country Port Authority. The airport codes are (IATA: RSW, FAA LID: RSW, ICAO: KRSW).
The RSW airport serves the region of Southwest Florida, including the Naples-Marco Island, Punta Gorda metropolitan areas, and the Cape Coral-Fort Myers. Overall, 13,555 acres (5,486 ha) are covered by the airport, which makes Southwest Florida Airport being 3rdmost prominent airport in the U.S.
The RSW airport holds the airfield covering 13,555 acres (54.9 km2) and ten mi (16 km) area in the southeast of Fort Myers. The runway contains 12,000 ft x 150 ft (3,658 m x 46 m) Asphalt Airport. According to Statistics in 2019, the RSW airport reached 85,227 aircraft operations, with a daily average of 233.
Currently, Southwest Florida International Airport is the second-busiest airport with a single-runway after San Diego International Airport, in the United States. According to statistics in 2019, the airport served around 10,225,180 passengers and reached its peak in the airport’s history.
Briefly on the History of RSW Airport
Before opening the airport, the region was managed by Page Field in Fort Myers. Later in the 1970s, it became clear that the expansion of Page Field would have been impractical as it was too small to handle increasing commercial flights into the area.
Finally, in 1980 the construction of the airport began, and it opened on May 14, 1983. The airport had a single 8400 ft runway. The airport's first name was Southwest Florida Regional Airport and received the code RSW – which means "Regional South-West." The first flight operated at RSW airport was via Delta Air Lines.
Later in 1993, the airport was renamed Southwest Florida International Airport as it started to host international flights from 1984s. The airport's runway was lengthened to 12,000 ft (around 3,658 m) to accommodate international routes better.
Recent Improvements and Future Projects at RSW Airport
In 2019 Southwest Florida International Airport was ranked as one of the top 50 airports throughout the United States for passenger traffic.
Nowadays, RSW airport serves 15 airline partners with non-stop service in North America, and international assistance is provided to Germany and Canada. Travelers of RSW Airport have access to convenient connections and routes to worldwide with flights to one of the major getaways such as Atlanta, New York, Chicago, etc.
Currently, 9.100 ft (approximately 2.800 m) runway is being planned. In this future project, several new facilities are included, such as air traffic control tower, the expansion of apron, EPL electrical lane relocation, and mitigation activities. The whole project costs 454$ million.