Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW), commonly referred to as Fort Myers Airport, is located about 14 miles southeast of Fort Myers, Florida on Florida’s Gulf Coast. The airport primarily serves the cities of Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Sanibel Island, Captiva Island, Bonita Springs and Naples.
Southwest Florida Regional Airport opened on May 14, 1983 after it became evident that the existing Fort Myers airport would not be able to accommodate increased traffic. The airport received the designator of RSW standing for Regional South-West. Southwest Florida Regional Airport was later renamed Southwest Florida International Airport in 1993.
Fort Myers Airport has just 1 runway and serves over 7 million passengers annually making it one of the busiest single runway airports in the US. There are 16 domestic airlines and 4 international airlines with non-stop service to over 31 different destinations including stops in Germany and Canada. RSW also serves as a U.S. Customs and Border Protection port of entry.
The original terminal at the airport was operating at double its intended capacity so construction began on the Midfield Terminal Complex in 2002. September 9, 2005 the new terminal opened with three concourses, B, C, and D, with A and E reserved for future expansion. The Midfield Terminal currently accommodates 28 airline gates.
Airport parking at Fort Myers Airport includes a parking garage located across from the terminal and a long-term parking lot with shuttles to and from the terminal. Other ground transportation includes taxi service, public transportation on the LeeTran, hotel shuttle services, and 8 rental car companies with counters located on site.