Why Is RSW the Airport Code for Southwest Florida International Airport?


Quick Answer

RSW stands for Regional South-West, because the original name of the Southwest Florida International Airport was Southwest Florida Regional Airport. Its owner, the Lee County Port Authority, changed the name in 1993 to reflect the fact that the airport provides international flights and hosts a U.S. Customs facility.

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The Southwest Florida International Airport has three concourses in its terminal and handles flights to destinations such as Dusseldorf, Toronto, New York, Chicago and Boston. Because of its long runway measuring 12,000 feet, the Southwest Florida International Airport can easily handle large international airplanes, such as the Boeing 747 and the Airbus A330-300. The airport serves almost 8 million passengers per year as of 2015, making it one of the busiest single-runway airports in the United States.

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