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Airport reports record traffic for March

May 1, 2013
Lehigh Acres Citizen

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 also is up 7.5 percent from last year.

The traffic leader 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 2012. Page Field saw 8,513 movements, a 4 percent decrease from 2012.

Slightly more than 3 million pounds of air freight moved through Southwest Florida International in March, a drop of 4.4 percent compared to 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.

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