Southwest Florida Airport begins $330m expansion programme


The Lee County Board of Port Commissioners has approved plans for the proposed expansion project at Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW).

The $331-million project focuses on improving the airport’s efficiency by consolidating and streamlining security checkpoints, adding concession space and providing passengers more amenities and options.

Construction has already begun and will continue for the next three years. The expansion is the second largest public works project in Lee County history, only being surpassed by the airport’s Midfield Terminal Complex construction completed in 2005.

“Southwest Florida International Airport is the front door to our community and supports travel, new business and tourism in our region,” said Kevin Ruane, chair of the Board of Port Commissioners. “We are pleased to start this essential project that will enhance infrastructure and manage growth while vastly improving the passenger experience at RSW. It will also create hundreds of jobs for our local economy.”

Plans for the project include consolidating the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoints into a new 16-lane configuration and providing additional seating, concession spaces and a business lounge. In total, more than 164,000 sq ft of space will be remodelled and 117,000 sq ft of new walkways and concession space will be added to the airport terminal.

Atkins North America has been appointed as the consultant working on design and planning; Manhattan Construction (Florida) will serve as the general contractor.

The project is being funded with grants from the Florida Department of Transportation, Passenger Facility Charges (PFCs), airport revenue bonds and Lee County Port Authority construction funds. The Lee County Port Authority operates Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) and Page Field (FMY) in Fort Myers.

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