Hurricane Irma: RSW flights could ramp up Wednesday if power is restored soon

Flights in and out of Southwest Florida International Airport remain grounded through Tuesday but could start ramping up Wednesday if power is restored soon.

Travelers walk through the terminal at Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers on Saturday, January 23, 2016.

The airport completed its safety inspection Monday, and there was no damage from Hurricane Irma. The roads in and out of the airport are open, and the airport is working with the airlines and the Transportation Safety Administration to get staff there.

“We have an airport that is ready to take traffic, but it’s all about power,” airport spokeswoman Victoria Moreland said.

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The airport has multiple generators to power essential systems, but the generators don’t have enough juice to run all of the airport’s operations. Without power, they can’t screen passengers or move bags.

Moreland said she expects the airport is on Florida Power & Light’s priority list because it is an access point for supplies, aid and FEMA operations.

It will take about 24 to 36 hours to begin ramping up service once power is restored, Moreland said.

“Every hour we’re without power pushes it a little further out,” Moreland said.

Moreland suggested that anyone who has a flight scheduled in or out of Southwest Florida International Airport this week check with their airline about their flight status, possible cancelations and rescheduling.