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Southwest Florida Int’l Airport reports slight increase in passengers

Southwest Florida International Airport saw a 44.5% decrease in passengers in September, but it’s an increase over August’s numbers.

The Lee County Port Authority said 255,926 passengers traveled through RSW, a 44.5% decrease from September 2019 but a 10.7% increase over August 2020.

“Although passenger traffic is reduced due to the pandemic, we have significantly improved our numbers since being down 95% in April. It is noteworthy that in November we will be adding nonstop flights to the West Coast for the first time with Alaska Airlines’ service to Los Angeles and Seattle, as well as new service by JetBlue to Raleigh-Durham and Southwest to Orlando,” said Ben Siegel, CPA, C.M., acting executive director of the Lee County Port Authority. “We continue with our firm commitment to keep our airport community safe and want to thank our airlines, concessions and airport business partners for their continued support and actions in helping to keep passengers comfortable and confident about traveling from RSW.”

In September, 3,110,643 pounds of air freight were carried through the airport, which was a record-breaking number for that month. Air freight for the year is currently up by nearly 1%.

Page Field had 10,071 general aviation operations, an 11.5% increase compared to September 2019.

Writer:Jackie Winchester
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