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9/10/2013 General

Southwest Florida International Airport Secures Funding for New Air Traffic Control Tower Project

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FORT MYERS, Fla. (Sept. 9, 2013) – The Lee County Port Authority (LCPA) has secured nearly $45 million in funding to begin design and construction of the new Air Traffic Control Tower (ATCT) and Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) project at Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW). LCPA has been awarded $22.8 million in grant funds from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and received authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration to use $22 million in Passenger Facility Charges (PFC) for the new ATCT, as part of the airport’s Parallel Runway project. 


“LCPA is very pleased by the endorsement from our airlines, funding from FDOT and the FAA’s PFC approval to move forward on construction of the new control tower at Southwest Florida International Airport - truly the linchpin for progress and growth at RSW,” said Robert M. Ball, A.A.E., executive director of the Lee County Port Authority. “The Parallel Runway has been the board’s vision and part of the airport’s Master Plan since the early 1990s and each piece of the project gets us one step closer to it becoming a reality. We applaud the FAA for recognizing the importance for increasing capacity of the air transportation infrastructure in our region.”


This is a large, long-term capital project for LCPA, which will take approximately five years to complete. The funding authorization allows the airport to proceed with design, relocation and construction of a new RSW ATCT and TRACON. The new tower will be almost twice as tall as the existing one, at 215 feet, and will double the building footprint size to nearly 17,000 square feet to meet current FAA standards for operations and personnel, as well as incorporating the latest building and hurricane codes.      


Work in progress related to this project is the Apron and Taxiway Expansion, which will eventually connect to the 9,100-foot parallel runway. Already complete is the relocation and construction of Southwest Florida International Airport’s Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting Station.


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