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Airport expansion plans in the works at Southwest Florida International Airport

More TSA screening lanes could be coming to RSW
Posted at 10:13 PM, Feb 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-02 08:48:42-05

The Lee County Port Authority is reviewing plans to expand the terminal at Southwest Florida International Airport.

If approved, it would be the first major expansion since 2005.

"I love this airport, Indianapolis airport is roughly a similar size airport, it's just so friendly," said Barry Widdicombe, who uses RSW about 14 times per year.

The plans call for relocating some restaurants to make room for a larger, central security screening area with lots of lanes.

"I think it's kind of funny to have all the different kind of concourses separate, with different security for each one," said Widdicombe.

Passenger check in areas would also be updated inside the terminal and curbside.

The entire project could cost 180 million dollars, but is needed officials say, to deal with swelling crowds during peak travel times.

If approved construction could start in 2019 or 2020.