Published: May 14, 2013 12:02 PM EDT
Updated: May 14, 2013 2:57 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Today marks the 30th year of operations at Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW).

On May 14, 1983, RSW opened for business as Southwest Florida Regional Airport to serve a five-county area. Ten years later, on May 14, 1993, the airport was renamed Southwest Florida International Airport, to reflect its emerging global status.

Due to growth in the region and at the airport, the Lee County Port Authority designed a new facility, which opened on Sept. 9, 2005.

In the last 30 years, the Southwest Florida International Airport has served more than 147 million passengers.

Nineteen air carriers serve RSW with nonstop service to 40 destinations, including Düsseldorf, Germany and Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto, Canada, as well as endless connection possibilities through some of the largest hubs in the world.

Southwest Florida International Airport generates a regional economic impact of more than $3.8 billion annually and is run entirely on revenue generated from its operations. No ad valorem (property) taxes support its operations or construction.

In 2012, more than 7.3 million passengers traveled through Southwest Florida International Airport, making it one of the 50 busiest airports in the nation for passenger traffic. For more information, please visit the airport’s website at