Q&A: Fort Myers airport provides important info for Thanksgiving travel

Mark H. Bickel
Fort Myers News-Press

The folks at the Lee County Port Authority are gearing up for holiday season travel, starting with Thanksgiving, which is Nov. 24 this year. With a goal to keep things tame on the chaos meter, here's a Q&A regarding important information for travelers departing from Southwest Florida International Airport.  

Q. I forget. When do I need to be in the security checkpoint line before my flight?

A. According to RSW officials, holiday travel may be different than in the past, but it is still expected to be a busy Thanksgiving at RSW and want travelers to plan ahead. Please be in line at your security checkpoint at least 2 hours prior to your flight departure.

Q. What do I need to know about parking at RSW?

Travelers wait in line for TSA at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport on Friday, Dec. 17, 2021. Following a record-breaking Thanksgiving travel season, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is advising travelers to expect a busy terminal during the upcoming Christmas and New Year’s season.

A. Parking lots may fill up more quickly between Friday, Nov. 18 and Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022.

TIP: Give yourself extra time to find parking and consider alternative ways to get to RSW, such as being dropped off by friends or family or using commercial transportation. If necessary, we will post parking updates on the airport’s website and Facebook to keep travelers informed on availability.

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Q. What's the best/quickest way to get to RSW?

A, Airport officials want to emphasize that local roads are extremely busy, so please allow extra time to get to the airport.

TIP: To avoid congestion, use the I-75 Direct Connect to get to and from RSW.

Q. If the weather looks bad in the city I am traveling to or making a connection, what should I do?

A, Travelers should check with their air carrier to see if there are any changes to their flight schedules.

For more helpful tips during the holidays and the rest of the year, you can go to RSW's website or Facebook page.