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Airport, despite dip, reports second-best September in its 39-year history

The data for Southwest Florida International Airport includes days lost to Hurricane Ian.

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  • | 3:40 p.m. October 31, 2022
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Passenger traffic at Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers slipped a bit in September year over year — but remains historically high. 

During September, 515,077 passengers traveled through the airport, under the call letters RSW. That's down 6.5 % from September 2021, according to airport officials. Yet it was still the No. 2 September for airport passenger traffic in the 39-year history of the airport and included three days of operations lost to Hurricane Ian.

Year to date, passenger traffic is up 10% compared to last year, according to a release. 

The traffic leader in September was Delta with 135,719 total passengers. Rounding out the top five airlines were Southwest (107,887), American (79,539), JetBlue (59,742) and United (55,357).

Southwest Florida International Airport had 4,657 aircraft operations, a decrease of 17% compared to September 2021. Meanwhile, Page Field (FMY), saw 12,872 operations, an 11% increase compared to September 2021 and the best September in nearly 40 years.

Southwest Florida International Airport served more than 10.3 million passengers in 2021 and is one of the top 50 U.S. airports for passenger traffic. No ad valorem (property) taxes are used for airport operation or construction. 


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