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Airport may not reopen to public until next weekend

RSW Traffic Control Tower
Posted at 11:06 AM, Oct 01, 2022
and last updated 2022-10-04 06:49:59-04

UPDATE: RSW will reopen to the public under a limited schedule on Wednesday, officials said.

Our original reporting continues below:
Southwest Florida International Airport may not be accessible to the public until next Friday.

The airport, known locally as "RSW" for its location identifier code, stated a tentative date of October 7 for reopening.

They mentioned the date in a Twitter reply to a post asking for an estimated timeframe. They cited filings with the Fedearl Aviation Administration's NOTAMS, or "Notice to Air Officials," with the October 7 date.

The airport is currently awaiting the restoration of electricity and water services that have disrupted the whole of Lee County since Hurricane Ian's landfall on Wednesday.

Only emergency and humanitarian operations are taking place at the airfield.

Meanwhile, airport officials are asking drone pilots to comply with orders to not fly near the airport, for the safety of those emergency and humanitarian flights.