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Southwest Florida International Airport
Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) was certified for operation in May 1983. In response to over two decades of record-breaking growth, a bright, modern, state-of-the-art terminal opened in 2005. This award-winning facility was designed with today's traveler in mind and tomorrow's opportunities in view.
RSW served more than 7.3 million passengers in 2012, and is one of the top 50 U.S. airports for passenger traffic. Today, 18 airline partners serve RSW with nonstop service throughout North America and international service to Canada and Germany. With flights to major gateways like Atlanta, Chicago, New York and more, travelers have access to convenient connections worldwide.
Location, Location, Location
A big part of the energy and excitement surrounding Southwest Florida International Airport comes from the region it serves - the five counties of Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades. Southwest Florida, known for its beautiful weather, outdoor activities and world-renowned pristine beaches, is a popular leisure destination that attracts visitors from all over the globe. While people are shoveling snow off their driveways elsewhere, Southwest Florida residents and visitors enjoy picturesque golf courses, outdoor activities and experience the best that nature has to offer.
Located in Fort Myers, the airport is perfectly positioned to serve the greater Southwest Florida area, including Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Sanibel, Captiva, Greater Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades, Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf Islands as well as other points along Florida's Gulf Coast. Visitors can go from bag claim to beach in under 30 minutes. With quick access to Interstate 75 and U.S. 41, travelers will find that the airport's location puts all the attractions of the region within easy driving distance.
Lee County Port Authority
The Lee County Port Authority was established in 1987 to operate Southwest Florida International Airport and Page Field. The Port Authority is an enterprise fund, totally supported by revenue generated from its operations. No ad valorem (property) taxes are used in airport operations or expansion.
The Port Authority is governed by a five-member Board of Port Commission (Lee County Commissioners). The commissioners are elected for four-year terms by voters throughout Lee County, each represents a specific geographic district.
The Airports Special Management Committee serves as an advisory board to the Port Commissioners, reviewing policy, administrative and management matters for both airports. Each commissioner appoints one committee member. The committee also includes two regional members who represent the interests of neighboring Collier and Charlotte counties. These citizens share their business experience, expertise in their particular fields, and knowledge of the Southwest Florida market for the benefit of the airports and the entire region.
Board meetings are held in the Airport Training and Conference Center located at the Southwest Florida International Airport, 15924 Air Cargo Lane, off Chamberlin Parkway. For a current schedule of meeting dates and times, please click on 2013 Meeting Dates.