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The Lee County Board of Port Commissioners this week authorized a $331 million terminal expansion project at Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) that will streamline security checkpoints, add new concession space and provide passengers with new amenities.

The RSW Terminal Expansion Project is set to begin this October and construction is expected to take three years. The project includes consolidating the TSA checkpoints into a new 16-lane configuration and providing additional seating, concession spaces and a business lounge. In total, more than 164,000 square feet of space will be remodeled and 117,000 square feet of new walkways and concession space will be added to the airport terminal.

“Southwest Florida International Airport is the front door to our community and supports travel, new business and tourism in our region,” said Kevin Ruane, chair of the Board of Port Commissioners. “We are pleased to start this essential project that will enhance infrastructure and manage growth while vastly improving the passenger experience at RSW. It will also create hundreds of jobs for our local economy.”

Atkins North America is the consultant in charge of the design and planning of the expansion, while the construction manager/general contractor for the project is Naples, FL-based Manhattan Construction.

The project is being funded with grants from the Florida Department of Transportation, Passenger Facility Charges (PFCs), airport revenue bonds and Lee County Port Authority construction funds.