Tue, Jun 24, 2003
Ft. Myers (FL) Adds PAX Each Month
Passenger traffic at Southwest Florida International Airport
has set a record for the sixth consecutive month. More than 443,000
passengers traveled through the airport during May, an increase of
nearly 14 percent compared to May 2002, and 5.2 percent over May
2001. More than 3 million passengers have traveled through the
airport year to date, an increase of 12.7 percent over the first
five months of 2002.
Nationwide, passenger traffic is down an average of 5.9 percent
for the month and 3.4 percent year to date, according to the Air
"This is the first time the airport has reached the 3
million-passenger milestone as early as May," said Robert M. Ball,
A.A.E., executive director of the Lee County Port Authority.
"Ongoing increases in passenger volume reinforce the need for the
new terminal, which is on schedule to open in 2005."
Almost 2.6 million pounds of air cargo were moved through the
airport during May, down 2 percent from May 2002. Year to date, air
freight volume has decreased 4 percent.
Southwest Florida International Airport, which celebrated its
20th anniversary May 14, hit the 5 million passengers milestone in
2000, and hasn't looked back.
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