|Published:||Dec 26, 2012 6:16 PM EST|
|Updated:||Dec 26, 2012 6:28 PM EST|
NAPLES, Fla. - Tourists trying to escape that weather up north are landing right here in Southwest Florida.
The day after Christmas is one of the busiest days of the year for the Naples Airport as tourists fly in from all over the country to ring in the New Year in the sunshine.
One after another, everywhere you turn, private jets were taxing into the Naples Airport. "This is one of our busiest days of the year and it's always exciting," says Ted Soliday, Executive Director of the Naples Airport Authority.
In fact, the day after Christmas, Naples sees more air traffic than any other airport in Southwest Florida. "We'll probably see more than RSW and Page Field together and you may be able to put Charlotte County in there."
The airport see hundreds of plans land, more than they would on any normal day making it a busy day for airport staff, air traffic controllers and pilots.
"Coming here, it was so busy on the radio that all you did is say your altitude and your call sign. There was no time for is it smooth air, soft air," says pilot Jackie Jackson, who flew a family in from St. Louis Missouri.
Ellie Fogg and her family are visiting from Lexington, Kentucky and plan to be in Naples through the New Year.
"It's gorgeous," says Fogg. "We came from snow so it's nice to get away from that."
The extra traffic is a big deal for the Naples Airport where jet activity is substantially down compared to last year.
"Last year our activity was at an all time low for the history of this airport, so we're very busy, but it's not like it was," says Soliday.
Other big days at the airport include New Years Day and Presidents weekend.