During March, 1,115,937 passengers traveled through Southwest Florida International Airport, an increase of 8.9 percent compared to March 2012. Year-to-date, passenger traffic is up 7.5 percent from the same period last year.
"This March was the busiest month for passenger traffic at Southwest Florida International Airport since opening on May 14, 1983. I am proud of reaching this significant milestone during our anniversary year, which will mark 30 years of serving Southwest Florida," said Robert M. Ball, A.A.E., executive director of the Lee County Port Authority. "We thank our airline partners who added new service and increased flights in key markets, giving passengers more opportunity to travel during the winter season."
The traffic leader in March was Delta with 239,557 passengers traveling to and from Fort Myers. Rounding out the top five airlines were AirTran (185,938), Southwest (140,885), US Airways (112,912) and JetBlue (110,484).
Southwest Florida International Airport had 10,484 aircraft movements (takeoffs and landings), an increase of 5.2 percent compared to March 2012. Page Field saw 8,513 movements, a 4 percent decrease from March 2012. In addition, slightly more than 3 million pounds of air freight moved through Southwest Florida International Airport in March 2012, a decrease of 4.4 percent compared to March 2012.
Southwest Florida International Airport served more than 7.3 million passengers in 2012 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. For more information, log onto www.flylcpa.com.