The Southwest Fort Myers, Florida RSW Airport (RSW stands for Regional Southwest) serves the southwest area of the Florida peninsula. It is owned by Lee County and serves the cities and destinations of Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Sanibel Island, Bonita Springs, Naples, Captiva Island, Marco Island, and the Everglades. The official name of the airport is Southwest Florida International Airport and Regional Southwest Airport was its name prior to the official designation.
The region of southwest Florida attracts many visitors from all over the world. These tourists typically come from environments with harsh winters and seek the warmth and pleasant weather this part of the state has to offer. The airport is strategically located so that it is within thirty minutes to an hour of the beaches, golf courses, and nature/outdoor activities that visitors enjoy here.
Service Areas Outside of the Fort Myers, Florida RSW Airport
To enable access to and from all destinations in the world, flights connect with major hubs located in Atlanta, New York, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Denver, and several more. Air Berlin flies to this airport direct from Dusseldorf, Germany and Air Canada flies direct from Toronto. The list of all destination cities is extensive just as one would expect from a major international airport.
Future Plans for the Airport
Because of the popularity of this area, the Fort Myers, Florida RSW Airport is expected to undergo changes in the future. In order to increase the air traffic capacity, plans are being made to build a 9,100 ft parallel runway. At the present time, a rescue firefighting facility is scheduled to open at summer’s end, 2011. Many other projects are in the works to include relocating the air traffic control tower, relocating electrical lines, and installing new taxiways. Commercial and industrial facilities are also going to reap the benefits of this major international airport with the completion of the Skyplex Center to house these businesses. You can also expect more hotels, gasoline stations, and other retail outlets to sprout in this area.