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RSW Named Number One Airport In America. Fort Myers is known for having the best beaches, golf courses and sunsets. Now, it will also be known for having the best airport too.

Being from Chicago, I was used to flying out of Ohare, which is one of the busiest airports in the country. Not only was traffic on the highway always terrible, but parking was easily an hour event, not to mention expensive. Also, the lines for check-in and TSA were insanely long. So, it was a breath of fresh air after moving here to be able to fly out of RSW. Yes, they may recommend arriving 2 hours before your flight leaves, but I’ve never waited longer than 10 minutes to get through security. It’s convenient, parking is reasonable, and no trams or people movers are necessary to get around the airport.

I’m not the only one to think that Southwest Florida International (RSW) is pretty great. Travel Lens thinks so too. Travel Lens is an online publication that features best hotels, restaurants, cafes, bars, and airports. There are over 5000 public airports in the United States. Travel Lens looked at the 50 busiest airports in the country and factors like wait times, passenger satisfaction, CO2 emissions and Google review ratings.

On the USA Airport Report by Travel Lens, RSW came in at number one with a rating of 8.06/10.  The airport has a Google review rating of 4.5 /5. While it’s not the biggest airport, it may surprise you to learn that it’s the second busiest single runway airport in the United States. The average wait time is just 16 minutes and there are low pollution levels.

Ben Siegel is the executive director of the Lee County Port Authority. He said about their rating “We would not be able to have this success without our employees, the airlines, Transportation Security Administration, concessions and airport business partners who work so hard each and every day to make the travel experience at RSW a positive one for our guests.”

Top 10 Airports in America, According to Travel Lens:

  • 10. Washington Dulles International (IAD)

    Score: 6.58

  • 9. Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall (BWI)

    Score: 6.63

  • 8. Harry Reid International, Nevada (LAS)

    Score: 6.89

  • 7. Indianapolis International (IND)

    Score: 7.1

  • 6. Sacramento International (SMF)

    Score: 7.3

  • 5. Dallas Love Field (DAL)

    Score: 7.35

  • 4. Tampa International (TPA)

    Score: 7.76

  • 3. Portland International, Oregon (PDX)

    Score: 7.86

  • 2. John Wayne, Orange County, California (SNA)

    Score: 7.96

  • 1. Southwest Florida International (RSW)

    Score: 8.06

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