RSW ranks 6th busiest spring break airport in 2016

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 23:33 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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According to the Transportation Security Administration, Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) will be the nation's sixth-busiest spring break destination this month.

TSA predictions based on daily checkpoint volume increases show RSW will see an 8.5 percent increase in passengers over March 2015. That means spring breakers, as well as families and business travelers, might expect longer lines at the ticket counter and security checkpoint.

“Our dedicated officers do their absolute best to screen passengers both effectively and efficiently, with a primary focus on traveler security,” said Peter V. Neffenger, TSA administrator. “We want to ensure that everyone arrives at their destination safely, while at all times providing the highest standards of security screening possible.

“By following a few basic common-sense tips, the security screening process can be both effective and quick. And while we never will compromise security, we will work to reduce checkpoint wait times wherever possible.”

The No. 1 spring break airport, according to the TSA, is Orlando, followed by Phoenix, Fort Lauderdale, Minneapolis and Tampa.

In 2015, RSW set a record as 8.4 million passengers made their way through the region's largest terminal. RSW offers non-stop flights to 46 airports on 12 airlines; click the link below to see which non-stop routes are available from here.

Fort Myers Beach is Southwest Florida's spring break central, drawing thousands of college students from across the country. This week, firefighters from Cincinnati have returned to raise money for charity, and, of course, enjoy themselves in the process.

Scenes from the Cincinnati firefighter spring break revue at the Lani Kai.

To find out if your alma mater is among the colleges represented at Fort Myers Beach, read this story: Spring Break 2016: See who is coming to Fort Myers Beach.

Depending on how the calendar falls, spring break usually begins in the last week of February, and can last until the start of April. The second and third weeks of March (now!) typically are the peak periods.

Spring break comes ashore at Fort Myers Beach

As a bonus this year, food writer Anne Reed is stopping by Fort Myers Beach for that one item on every spring breaker's list. No, not a good book to read while lounging poolside — alcohol. Check our her first installment of Spring Break Drink of the Day: Playmor Punch.


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