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Southwest Florida International Airport (IATA: RSW, ICAO: KRSW, FAA LID: RSW) is a major county-owned airport in the South Fort Myers area of unincorporated Lee County, Florida, United States. The airport serves the Southwest Florida region, including the Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Naples-Marco Island, and Punta Gorda metropolitan areas, and is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection port of entry. It currently is the second-busiest single-runway airport in the United States, after San Diego International Airport. In 2019, the airport served 10,225,180 passengers, the most in its history.

Southwest Florida International Airport
Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerLee County
OperatorLee County Port Authority
ServesFort Myers
LocationUnincorporated Lee County, adjacent to Fort Myers
Hub forWestern Global Airlines
Elevation AMSL30 ft / 9 m
Coordinates26°32′10″N081°45′19″W /26.53611°N 81.75528°W /26.53611; -81.75528Coordinates: 26°32′10″N081°45′19″W /26.53611°N 81.75528°W /26.53611; -81.75528
Websiteflylcpa.com
Maps

FAA airport diagram
RSW
Location of airport in Florida / United States
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RSW (the United States)
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Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
6/24 12,000 3,658 Asphalt
Statistics (2020)
Aircraft operations74,901
Passengers5,978,414
Total cargo (lbs)36,764,692
Source:

The airport sits on 13,555 acres (5,486 ha, 21.2 sq.mi.) of land just southeast of Fort Myers, making it the third-largest airport in the United States in terms of land size (after Denver and Dallas/Fort Worth). 6,000 acres of the land has been conserved as swamp lands and set aside for environmental mitigation.

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Prior to the opening of the airport, the region was served by Page Field in Fort Myers. By the 1970s, however, it had become clear that Page Field would be too small to handle increasing future demand for commercial flights into the region. Expanding Page Field was determined to be impractical because its airfield was constrained by U.S. 41 to the west and expanding the airfield to the east would require bridging the Ten Mile Canal and relocating a railroad track.

A number of sites were considered for a new regional airport, including southern Charlotte County, Estero, and northeast Cape Coral near Burnt Store Marina. The government of Lee County ultimately selected a site near the end of Daniels Road which was a dirt road at the time. An advantage to this location was its proximity to Interstate 75, which was under construction and would have an interchange with Daniels Road, providing easy access (Interstate 75 was opened to traffic through Fort Myers in 1979).

Construction of the airport began in 1980; it opened on schedule on May 14, 1983, with a single 8400-ft runway. At the time of its opening, the airport was named Southwest Florida Regional Airport (the airport code RSW is short for "Regional South-West"). Delta Air Lines operated the first flight. The original terminal was located on the north side of the runway at the end of Chamberlin Parkway.

The airport was renamed Southwest Florida International Airport in 1993, though it had hosted international flights since 1984 and U.S. Customs since 1987. The name change coincided with the completion of a 55,000 square foot Federal Inspection facility annexed to the original terminal's Concourse A. The runway was also lengthened to 12,000 ft (3,658 m) at the same time to better accommodate international service (making it the fourth-longest runway in Florida).

In 1988 the airport exceeded its annual capacity of 3 million passengers; by 2004, the airport was serving nearly 7 million passengers annually. The original terminal had 17 gates on two concourses. While three of the gates were added in a minor expansion of the B concourse in the late 1990s, the original terminal's design was not conducive to a major expansion.

LTU International delivered Fort Myers its first nonstop flights to Europe in April 1994, introducing service to Germany. The inaugural flight arrived from Munich via Düsseldorf, while the return to Munich stopped in both Miami and Düsseldorf. The new route came in response to rising tourism from Germany, which Lee County had spent the past several years cultivating. The county considered Germany a natural market to target, given the sizable German-American community that lived in Southwest Florida and maintained ties with its country of origin. Condor joined LTU in 2000 with a flight to Frankfurt.

With the terminal operating at more than double its intended capacity, construction of a new Midfield Terminal Complex began in February 2002. The $438 million terminal opened on September 9, 2005. The terminal, designed by Spillis Candela/DMJM Aviation, has three concourses and 28 gates and can eventually expand to five concourses with 65 gates.

Demolition of the former terminal north of the airfield was completed in spring 2006. However, the original terminal's parking lot and other related infrastructure still stand at the end of Chamberlin Parkway. The former terminal's ramp, now known as North Ramp, is now primarily used as a base for Western Global Airlines, an Estero-based cargo airline.

After deciding to prioritize its service to Orlando, Condor withdrew from Fort Myers in 2007. Two years later, Air Berlin replaced LTU at the airport following the merger of the two airlines.

In early 2015, Terminal Access Road, the airport's main entrance road, was extended past Treeline Avenue to connect directly to Interstate 75, allowing airport-related traffic to avoid local streets. The airport can now be accessed directly from the freeway at Exit 128. Terminal Access Road was then expanded to six lanes in late 2016.

Air Berlin continued to serve Fort Myers until it ceased operations in 2017. Transatlantic flights resumed within a year when Eurowings opened routes to Düsseldorf, Munich, and Cologne; however, the COVID-19 pandemic caused the company to suspend flights. In mid-2021, the Lufthansa Group revealed that a new airline brand, Eurowings Discover, would link Fort Myers to Frankfurt beginning in March 2022.

A new $16 million Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting facility (Lee County Station 92) opened in July 2013. A 9,100 ft (2,800 m) parallel runway is in planning. The project includes a relocated air traffic control tower, apron expansion, crossfield taxiway system, mitigation activities and FPL electrical line relocation. The new air traffic control tower and parallel runway were expected to be completed by 2019, but this was pushed back to late 2020. The apron expansion and crossfield taxiway system were completed in late 2013. The entire project is estimated to cost $454 million.

In early 2018, the Lee County Port Authority (LCPA) announced plans to ease seasonal security wait times by expanding and relocating the current security checkpoints for each concourse. By relocating each checkpoint, there will be more restaurants, shops, and post-security spaces. According to the announcement by the LCPA, this expansion could cost between $150 million - $180 million.

Plans are in place for Skyplex – a commercial and industrial park in the location of the old terminal. Other airport-related businesses, such as a hotel, are in the planning stages. A retail gasoline outlet near the airport's entrance opened in June 2014.

An overhead view of Southwest Florida International Airport
East Atrium
Main Terminal
Airfield
  • The airport covers 13,555 acres (54.9 km2), 10 mi (16 km) southeast of Fort Myers.
Runways
  • Runway 6/24: 12,000 x 150 ft (3,658 x 46 m), asphalt
Activity

In 2020 the airport had 74,901 aircraft operations, averaging 205 per day.

Terminal
  • 798,000 sq ft (74,100 m2)
  • Design capacity is 10 million passengers per year, with 28 gates on three concourses (current B,C and D). The terminal buildings can be expanded incrementally to 65 gates on five concourses (A-E).
Parking
  • 11,250 spaces for hourly/daily parking located around the main terminal building and the entrance to the facility.
  • There is a three-story parking structure adjacent from the main terminal, used to house short-term parking.
  • 30-space "cell-phone lot" for customers picking up arriving passengers
Awards
  • J.D. Power & Associates Airport Satisfaction Study – Ranked 2nd among North American airports with under 10 million annual passengers
  • Florida Department of Transportation 2008 Commercial Airport of the Year
  • Airports Council International-North America Excellence in Marketing and Communications 2008: 1st Place Special Events for Aviation Day
  • Airports Council International-North America 2008: 1st Place for Concession Convenience and 2nd Place for Food Concessions
  • Airports Council International-North America 2009: 2nd Place Newsletter – Internal or E-mail and 2nd Place Special Events – Berlin Airlift
  • Federal Aviation Administration 2009 Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Advocate and Partner Award
  • Florida Airports Council 2008 Environmental Excellence Award for Mitigation Park
  • Airport Revenue News 2008 Best Concessions Award for top Concessions Program Design

The airport has one terminal with three concourses: Concourse B serves Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, Eurowings, Frontier, Southwest, and Sun Country; Concourse C serves Delta, United, and WestJet; and Concourse D serves American, JetBlue, and Spirit. Customs and Immigration services for international flights are located on the lower level of Concourse B. The concourses are each completely separate and are not connected Airside. Concourses A and E designations have been reserved for the planned future expansion of the terminal.

Passenger

AirlinesDestinationsRefs
Air Canada Rouge Toronto–Pearson
Seasonal: Montréal–Trudeau
Air Transat Seasonal: Montréal–Trudeau (begins December 16, 2021)
Alaska Airlines Los Angeles
Seasonal: Seattle/Tacoma
American Airlines Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Philadelphia, Washington–National
American EaglePhiladelphia, Washington–National
Seasonal: Austin (begins December 16, 2021)
Avelo Airlines New Haven (CT) (begins November 11, 2021)
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, Boston, Cincinnati, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York–JFK, New York–LaGuardia
Delta Connection New York–LaGuardia
Eurowings Discover Frankfurt (begins March 28, 2022)
Frontier Airlines Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Long Island/Islip, Orlando, Philadelphia, Trenton
Seasonal: Albany, Boston, Buffalo, Chicago–O'Hare, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Newark, Omaha, Portland (ME), Providence, Syracuse
JetBlue Boston, Newark, New York–JFK, Washington–National, White Plains
Seasonal: Hartford, New York–LaGuardia
Southwest Airlines Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago–Midway, Chicago–O'Hare, Cleveland, Columbus–Glenn, Dallas–Love, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Nashville, Orlando, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Washington-National (resumes November 7, 2021)
Seasonal: Albany, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Denver, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Hartford, Houston–Hobby, Kansas City, Louisville, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Providence, Rochester (NY)
Spirit Airlines Atlantic City, Chicago–O'Hare, Detroit, Louisville (begins November 17, 2021), Indianapolis, Manchester (NH) (begins November 17, 2021), Milwaukee (begins November 17, 2021), Newark, St. Louis (begins November 17, 2021)
Seasonal: Akron/Canton, Baltimore, Boston, Cleveland, Columbus–Glenn, Hartford, Kansas City, Latrobe/Pittsburgh, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh
Sun Country Airlines Minneapolis/St. Paul
Seasonal: Duluth (MN) (begins December 17, 2021), Green Bay (begins December 16, 2021), Madison, Milwaukee (begins December 15, 2021), Rochester (MN) (begins February 3, 2022), St. Louis
United Airlines Chicago–O'Hare, Cleveland, Denver, Houston–Intercontinental, Newark, Washington–Dulles
Seasonal: Los Angeles (begins December 16, 2021), San Francisco (begins December 16, 2021)
United Express Washington–Dulles
Seasonal: Cleveland, Newark
WestJet Toronto–Pearson
Seasonal: Ottawa

Cargo

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Since beginning commercial airline service on May 14, 1983 through the end of 2020, over 211.5 million passengers (enplaned and deplaned) have transited through RSW. There has been over 2.74 million aircraft operations at the airport since its opening.

Top destinations

Busiest domestic routes from RSW (July 2020 - June 2021)
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Atlanta, Georgia 328,000 Delta, Southwest
2 Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois 321,000 American, Frontier, Spirit, United
3 Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota 298,000 Delta, Frontier, Southwest, Spirit, Sun Country
4 Detroit, Michigan 274,000 Delta, Frontier, Spirit
5 Charlotte, North Carolina 253,000 American
6 Boston, Massachusetts 182,000 Frontier, JetBlue, Spirit, United
7 Newark, New Jersey 182,000 Frontier, JetBlue, Spirit, United
8 Chicago–Midway, Illinois 173,000 Southwest
9 Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 146,000 American
10 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 141,000 American, Frontier, Spirit
Largest airlines at RSW
(June 2020 - May 2021)
Rank Airline Passengers Share
1 Southwest Airlines 1,624,000 23.16%
2 Delta Air Lines 1,206,000 17.20%
3 American Airlines 999,000 14.24%
4 United Airlines 811,000 11.56%
5 JetBlue 689,000 9.82%

Annual traffic

See source Wikidata query and sources.

Annual passenger traffic (enplaned + deplaned), 1983–present
Year Passengers Percent change Year Passengers Percent change Year Passengers Percent change Year Passengers Percent change
1983 594,185 1993 3,717,758 7.1% 2003 5,891,668 13.6% 2013 7,637,801 3.9%
1984 1,311,937 120.8% 1994 4,005,067 7.7% 2004 6,736,630 14.3% 2014 7,970,493 4.3%
1985 1,701,969 29.7% 1995 4,098,264 2.3% 2005 7,518,169 11.6% 2015 8,371,801 5.0%
1986 2,129,548 25.1% 1996 4,317,347 5.3% 2006 7,643,217 1.7% 2016 8,604,673 2.8%
1987 2,687,053 26.2% 1997 4,477,865 3.7% 2007 8,049,676 5.3% 2017 8,842,549 2.8%
1988 3,115,124 15.9% 1998 4,667,207 4.2% 2008 7,603,845 -5.5% 2018 9,373,178 6.0%
1989 3,231,092 3.7% 1999 4,897,253 4.9% 2009 7,415,958 -2.5% 2019 10,225,180 9.0%
1990 3,734,067 15.6% 2000 5,207,212 6.3% 2010 7,514,316 1.3% 2020 5,978,414 41.5%
1991 3,436,520 -8.0% 2001 5,277,708 1.4% 2011 7,537,745 0.3%
1992 3,472,661 1.1% 2002 5,185,648 -1.7% 2012 7,350,625 -2.5%
  • November 28, 2007 – A single-engine fixed wing aircraft crashed about 9:20 a.m. one mile (1.6 km) west of Runway 6. The crash killed the pilot. This is the first reported crash on airport property.
  • April 12, 2009 – A Beech King Air 200 (N559DW) was carrying four passengers when the pilot went unconscious and later died. Doug White, a passenger, was guided into the airport by air traffic controller Brian Norton, assisted by controller Dan Favio. It was later reported that White was a single engine private pilot with about 130 hours of experience in single engine aircraft. All passengers aboard survived and the plane was not damaged.

LeeTran bus No. 50 serves the airport.

Recent infrastructure and road projects linked the airport's main terminal road to the southbound and northbound lanes of Interstate 75.

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Southwest Florida International Airport
Southwest Florida International Airport Language Watch Edit This article uses bare URLs which may be threatened by link rot Please consider converting them to full citations to ensure the article remains verifiable and maintains a consistent citation style Several templates and tools are available to assist in formatting such as reFill documentation August 2021 Learn how and when to remove this template message Southwest Florida International Airport IATA RSW ICAO KRSW FAA LID RSW is a major county owned airport in the South Fort Myers area of unincorporated Lee County Florida United States The airport serves the Southwest Florida region including the Cape Coral Fort Myers Naples Marco Island and Punta Gorda metropolitan areas and is a U S Customs and Border Protection port of entry It currently is the second busiest single runway airport in the United States after San Diego International Airport 2 In 2019 the airport served 10 225 180 passengers the most in its history Southwest Florida International AirportIATA RSWICAO KRSWFAA LID RSWSummaryAirport typePublicOwnerLee CountyOperatorLee County Port AuthorityServesFort MyersLocationUnincorporated Lee County adjacent to Fort MyersHub forWestern Global AirlinesElevation AMSL30 ft 9 mCoordinates26 32 10 N 081 45 19 W 26 53611 N 81 75528 W 26 53611 81 75528 Coordinates 26 32 10 N 081 45 19 W 26 53611 N 81 75528 W 26 53611 81 75528Websiteflylcpa comMapsFAA airport diagramRSWLocation of airport in Florida United StatesShow map of FloridaRSWRSW the United States Show map of the United StatesRunwaysDirection Length Surfaceft m6 24 12 000 3 658 AsphaltStatistics 2020 Aircraft operations74 901Passengers5 978 414Total cargo lbs 36 764 692Source 1 The airport sits on 13 555 acres 5 486 ha 21 2 sq mi 3 of land just southeast of Fort Myers making it the third largest airport in the United States in terms of land size after Denver and Dallas Fort Worth 6 000 acres of the land has been conserved as swamp lands and set aside for environmental mitigation 4 Contents 1 History 2 Current and future projects 3 Facilities 4 Terminals 5 Airlines and destinations 5 1 Passenger 5 2 Cargo 6 Statistics 6 1 Top destinations 6 2 Annual traffic 7 Accidents and incidents 8 Ground transport 9 See also 10 References 11 External linksHistory EditPrior to the opening of the airport the region was served by Page Field in Fort Myers By the 1970s however it had become clear that Page Field would be too small to handle increasing future demand for commercial flights into the region Expanding Page Field was determined to be impractical because its airfield was constrained by U S 41 to the west and expanding the airfield to the east would require bridging the Ten Mile Canal and relocating a railroad track 5 A number of sites were considered for a new regional airport including southern Charlotte County Estero and northeast Cape Coral near Burnt Store Marina The government of Lee County ultimately selected a site near the end of Daniels Road which was a dirt road at the time An advantage to this location was its proximity to Interstate 75 which was under construction and would have an interchange with Daniels Road providing easy access Interstate 75 was opened to traffic through Fort Myers in 1979 6 Construction of the airport began in 1980 it opened on schedule on May 14 1983 with a single 8400 ft runway At the time of its opening the airport was named Southwest Florida Regional Airport the airport code RSW is short for Regional South West 7 Delta Air Lines operated the first flight The original terminal was located on the north side of the runway at the end of Chamberlin Parkway The airport was renamed Southwest Florida International Airport in 1993 though it had hosted international flights since 1984 and U S Customs since 1987 The name change coincided with the completion of a 55 000 square foot Federal Inspection facility annexed to the original terminal s Concourse A 8 The runway was also lengthened to 12 000 ft 3 658 m at the same time to better accommodate international service making it the fourth longest runway in Florida 9 In 1988 the airport exceeded its annual capacity of 3 million passengers by 2004 the airport was serving nearly 7 million passengers annually The original terminal had 17 gates on two concourses While three of the gates were added in a minor expansion of the B concourse in the late 1990s the original terminal s design was not conducive to a major expansion LTU International delivered Fort Myers its first nonstop flights to Europe in April 1994 introducing service to Germany The inaugural flight arrived from Munich via Dusseldorf while the return to Munich stopped in both Miami and Dusseldorf 10 The new route came in response to rising tourism from Germany which Lee County had spent the past several years cultivating The county considered Germany a natural market to target given the sizable German American community that lived in Southwest Florida and maintained ties with its country of origin 11 12 Condor joined LTU in 2000 with a flight to Frankfurt 13 With the terminal operating at more than double its intended capacity construction of a new Midfield Terminal Complex began in February 2002 The 438 million terminal opened on September 9 2005 The terminal designed by Spillis Candela DMJM Aviation 14 has three concourses and 28 gates and can eventually expand to five concourses with 65 gates Demolition of the former terminal north of the airfield was completed in spring 2006 However the original terminal s parking lot and other related infrastructure still stand at the end of Chamberlin Parkway The former terminal s ramp now known as North Ramp is now primarily used as a base for Western Global Airlines an Estero based cargo airline 15 After deciding to prioritize its service to Orlando Condor withdrew from Fort Myers in 2007 16 Two years later Air Berlin replaced LTU at the airport following the merger of the two airlines 17 In early 2015 Terminal Access Road the airport s main entrance road was extended past Treeline Avenue to connect directly to Interstate 75 allowing airport related traffic to avoid local streets The airport can now be accessed directly from the freeway at Exit 128 18 Terminal Access Road was then expanded to six lanes in late 2016 19 Air Berlin continued to serve Fort Myers until it ceased operations in 2017 12 Transatlantic flights resumed within a year when Eurowings opened routes to Dusseldorf Munich and Cologne however the COVID 19 pandemic caused the company to suspend flights 20 21 In mid 2021 the Lufthansa Group revealed that a new airline brand Eurowings Discover would link Fort Myers to Frankfurt beginning in March 2022 22 Current and future projects EditA new 16 million Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting facility Lee County Station 92 opened in July 2013 A 9 100 ft 2 800 m parallel runway is in planning The project includes a relocated air traffic control tower apron expansion crossfield taxiway system mitigation activities and FPL electrical line relocation The new air traffic control tower and parallel runway were expected to be completed by 2019 but this was pushed back to late 2020 The apron expansion and crossfield taxiway system were completed in late 2013 The entire project is estimated to cost 454 million In early 2018 the Lee County Port Authority LCPA announced plans to ease seasonal security wait times by expanding and relocating the current security checkpoints for each concourse By relocating each checkpoint there will be more restaurants shops and post security spaces According to the announcement by the LCPA this expansion could cost between 150 million 180 million 23 Plans are in place for Skyplex a commercial and industrial park in the location of the old terminal Other airport related businesses such as a hotel are in the planning stages A retail gasoline outlet near the airport s entrance opened in June 2014 24 25 Facilities Edit An overhead view of Southwest Florida International Airport East Atrium Main Terminal AirfieldThe airport covers 13 555 acres 54 9 km2 10 mi 16 km southeast of Fort Myers 3 RunwaysRunway 6 24 12 000 x 150 ft 3 658 x 46 m asphalt 3 Activity 26 In 2020 the airport had 74 901 aircraft operations averaging 205 per day Terminal798 000 sq ft 74 100 m2 Design capacity is 10 million passengers per year with 28 gates on three concourses current B C and D The terminal buildings can be expanded incrementally to 65 gates on five concourses A E Parking11 250 spaces for hourly daily parking located around the main terminal building and the entrance to the facility There is a three story parking structure adjacent from the main terminal used to house short term parking 30 space cell phone lot for customers picking up arriving passengersAwardsJ D Power amp Associates Airport Satisfaction Study Ranked 2nd among North American airports with under 10 million annual passengers Florida Department of Transportation 2008 Commercial Airport of the Year Airports Council International North America Excellence in Marketing and Communications 2008 1st Place Special Events for Aviation Day Airports Council International North America 2008 1st Place for Concession Convenience and 2nd Place for Food Concessions Airports Council International North America 2009 2nd Place Newsletter Internal or E mail and 2nd Place Special Events Berlin Airlift Federal Aviation Administration 2009 Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Advocate and Partner Award Florida Airports Council 2008 Environmental Excellence Award for Mitigation Park Airport Revenue News 2008 Best Concessions Award for top Concessions Program DesignTerminals EditThe airport has one terminal with three concourses Concourse B serves Air Canada Alaska Airlines Eurowings Frontier Southwest and Sun Country Concourse C serves Delta United and WestJet and Concourse D serves American JetBlue and Spirit Customs and Immigration services for international flights are located on the lower level of Concourse B The concourses are each completely separate and are not connected Airside Concourses A and E designations have been reserved for the planned future expansion of the terminal Airlines and destinations EditPassenger Edit AirlinesDestinationsRefsAir Canada RougeToronto Pearson Seasonal Montreal Trudeau 27 Air TransatSeasonal Montreal Trudeau begins December 16 2021 28 Alaska AirlinesLos Angeles Seasonal Seattle Tacoma 29 American AirlinesCharlotte Chicago O Hare Dallas Fort Worth Philadelphia Washington National 30 American EaglePhiladelphia Washington National Seasonal Austin begins December 16 2021 31 30 Avelo AirlinesNew Haven CT begins November 11 2021 32 33 Delta Air LinesAtlanta Boston Cincinnati Detroit Minneapolis St Paul New York JFK New York LaGuardia 34 Delta ConnectionNew York LaGuardia 35 Eurowings DiscoverFrankfurt begins March 28 2022 36 Frontier AirlinesCincinnati Cleveland Denver Long Island Islip Orlando 37 Philadelphia Trenton Seasonal Albany Boston Buffalo Chicago O Hare Detroit Grand Rapids Indianapolis Milwaukee Minneapolis St Paul Newark Omaha Portland ME Providence Syracuse 38 JetBlueBoston Newark New York JFK Washington National White Plains Seasonal Hartford New York LaGuardia 39 Southwest AirlinesAtlanta Baltimore Chicago Midway Chicago O Hare Cleveland Columbus Glenn Dallas Love Indianapolis Milwaukee Nashville Orlando Pittsburgh St Louis Washington National resumes November 7 2021 40 Seasonal Albany Buffalo Cincinnati Denver Detroit Grand Rapids Hartford Houston Hobby Kansas City Louisville Minneapolis St Paul Providence Rochester NY 41 Spirit AirlinesAtlantic City Chicago O Hare Detroit Louisville begins November 17 2021 42 Indianapolis Manchester NH begins November 17 2021 43 Milwaukee begins November 17 2021 44 Newark St Louis begins November 17 2021 45 Seasonal Akron Canton Baltimore Boston Cleveland Columbus Glenn Hartford Kansas City Latrobe Pittsburgh Minneapolis St Paul Philadelphia Pittsburgh 46 Sun Country AirlinesMinneapolis St Paul Seasonal Duluth MN begins December 17 2021 47 Green Bay begins December 16 2021 48 Madison Milwaukee begins December 15 2021 49 Rochester MN begins February 3 2022 50 St Louis 51 United AirlinesChicago O Hare Cleveland Denver Houston Intercontinental Newark Washington Dulles Seasonal Los Angeles begins December 16 2021 52 San Francisco begins December 16 2021 52 53 United ExpressWashington Dulles Seasonal Cleveland Newark 53 WestJetToronto Pearson Seasonal Ottawa 54 Domestic destinations map Fort Myers San Francisco White Plains Madison Akron Canton Long Island Islip Portland Syracuse Charlotte Milwaukee Buffalo Washington Dulles Washington National Baltimore Boston Hartford Providence New York JFK LaGuardia Newark Trenton Philadelphia Pittsburgh Cleveland Columbus Glenn Cincinnati Detroit Orlando Louisville Indianapolis Chicago Midway St Louis Minneapolis St Paul Nashville Denver Raleigh Durham Houston Intercontinental Chicago O Hare Atlanta Dallas Fort Worth Omaha Latrobe Houston Hobbby Los Angeles Seattle Tacoma Dallas Love Rochester Kansas City Duluth Green BayDomestic destinations from Southwest Florida International Airport Red Year round destination Green Seasonal destination Blue Future destinationCargo Edit This section does not cite any sources Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources Unsourced material may be challenged and removed September 2021 Learn how and when to remove this template message AirlinesDestinationsFedEx ExpressMemphisUPS AirlinesFort Lauderdale Huntsville Jacksonville Louisville San Antonio TampaStatistics EditSince beginning commercial airline service on May 14 1983 through the end of 2020 over 211 5 million passengers enplaned and deplaned have transited through RSW There has been over 2 74 million aircraft operations at the airport since its opening Top destinations Edit Busiest domestic routes from RSW July 2020 June 2021 55 Rank City Passengers Carriers1 Atlanta Georgia 328 000 Delta Southwest2 Chicago O Hare Illinois 321 000 American Frontier Spirit United3 Minneapolis St Paul Minnesota 298 000 Delta Frontier Southwest Spirit Sun Country4 Detroit Michigan 274 000 Delta Frontier Spirit5 Charlotte North Carolina 253 000 American6 Boston Massachusetts 182 000 Frontier JetBlue Spirit United7 Newark New Jersey 182 000 Frontier JetBlue Spirit United8 Chicago Midway Illinois 173 000 Southwest9 Dallas Fort Worth Texas 146 000 American10 Philadelphia Pennsylvania 141 000 American Frontier SpiritLargest airlines at RSW June 2020 May 2021 56 Rank Airline Passengers Share1 Southwest Airlines 1 624 000 23 16 2 Delta Air Lines 1 206 000 17 20 3 American Airlines 999 000 14 24 4 United Airlines 811 000 11 56 5 JetBlue 689 000 9 82 Annual traffic Edit See source Wikidata query and sources Annual passenger traffic enplaned deplaned 1983 present 57 Year Passengers Percent change Year Passengers Percent change Year Passengers Percent change Year Passengers Percent change1983 594 185 1993 3 717 758 7 1 2003 5 891 668 13 6 2013 7 637 801 3 9 1984 1 311 937 120 8 1994 4 005 067 7 7 2004 6 736 630 14 3 2014 7 970 493 4 3 1985 1 701 969 29 7 1995 4 098 264 2 3 2005 7 518 169 11 6 2015 8 371 801 5 0 1986 2 129 548 25 1 1996 4 317 347 5 3 2006 7 643 217 1 7 2016 8 604 673 2 8 1987 2 687 053 26 2 1997 4 477 865 3 7 2007 8 049 676 5 3 2017 8 842 549 2 8 1988 3 115 124 15 9 1998 4 667 207 4 2 2008 7 603 845 5 5 2018 9 373 178 6 0 1989 3 231 092 3 7 1999 4 897 253 4 9 2009 7 415 958 2 5 2019 10 225 180 9 0 1990 3 734 067 15 6 2000 5 207 212 6 3 2010 7 514 316 1 3 2020 5 978 414 41 5 1991 3 436 520 8 0 2001 5 277 708 1 4 2011 7 537 745 0 3 1992 3 472 661 1 1 2002 5 185 648 1 7 2012 7 350 625 2 5 Accidents and incidents EditNovember 28 2007 A single engine fixed wing aircraft crashed about 9 20 a m one mile 1 6 km west of Runway 6 The crash killed the pilot This is the first reported crash on airport property 58 April 12 2009 A Beech King Air 200 N559DW was carrying four passengers when the pilot went unconscious and later died Doug White a passenger was guided into the airport by air traffic controller Brian Norton assisted by controller Dan Favio It was later reported that White was a single engine private pilot with about 130 hours of experience in single engine aircraft All passengers aboard survived and the plane was not damaged 59 Ground transport EditLeeTran bus No 50 serves the airport Recent infrastructure and road projects linked the airport s main terminal road to the southbound and northbound lanes of Interstate 75 See also EditSouthwest Florida Florida SuncoastReferences Edit Archived copy PDF Archived from the original PDF on March 12 2016 Retrieved March 11 2016 CS1 maint archived copy as title link Davis Rob April 20 2006 Airport Questions Answered Voice of San Diego Archived from the original on April 2 2015 Retrieved March 17 2015 a b c FAA Airport Form 5010 for RSW PDF 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b United Airlines offering new nonstop destinations from Fort Myers June 14 2021 a b U S and International Route Maps United Airlines Archived from the original on March 27 2020 Retrieved April 12 2020 Route map WestJet official site www westjet com Archived from the original on October 26 2019 Retrieved April 12 2020 Air Carrier Statistics Form 41 Traffic U S Carriers BTS Transportation Statistics Bureau of Transportation Statistics Retrieved August 17 2021 Archived copy Retrieved April 5 2020 Southwest Florida International Airport flylcpa com Archived from the original on July 13 2015 Retrieved June 14 2015 ASN Wikibase Occurrence 122 Aviation Safety Network November 28 2007 Retrieved April 5 2021 Passenger lands turboprop plane after pilot dies CNN April 13 2009 Archived from the original on April 15 2009 Retrieved April 14 2009 External links Edit Media related to Southwest Florida International Airport at Wikimedia Commons Southwest Florida International Airport official site 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