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Southwest Florida International Airport

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Southwest Florida International Airport is an airport located near Fort Myers, Florida. Its IATA airport code is RSW.

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History

RSW was first conceived in 1973, when it became apparent that the existing airport in Fort Myers, Page Field, would not be able to accommodate new aircraft and increased traffic. The government of Lee County, along with Page Field's two carriers National and Eastern, selected a site near Interstate 75, which was under construction at the time. Groundbreaking was held in 1980, and Southwest Florida Regional Airport opened on schedule in 1983, despite a sinkhole that cropped up in the middle of the runway during construction. Delta Air Lines performed the inaugural flight.

The airport was renamed Southwest Florida International Airport in 1993, although it had hosted international flights since 1984 and U.S. Customs since 1987, primarily for services to Europe.

Terminals

Southwest Florida International Airport has one terminal with two piers, one with eight gates and one with eleven gates. Construction of a new terminal, dubbed the Midfield Terminal Complex, began in February 2002. The new terminal will have 28 gates, compared to 19 in the current terminal, and can eventually be expanded to 65 gates. Construction is expected to be complete in April 2005 and the airlines will move into the new terminal in late July, after which the old terminal building will be demolished. A second runway south of the midfield terminal will be built around 2010.

Concourse A

Concourse B

International Arrivals Building

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