South Florida’s Gulf Coast has long been known as a destination for snowbirds, those Northerners who flee winter’s wrath for the balmy climate of places like Fort Myers. At the city’s Page Field, the airport-owned FBO, known officially as Base Operations at Page Field, is the lone services provider. Built and operated by the Lee County Port Authority, the FBO sees seasonal swings in traffic, with the tempo picking up before Thanksgiving and lasting through Easter.
Amid allegations of public funds being used by an airport authority to compete against a privately owned FBO, Southwest Florida International Airport-based FBO and MRO services provider PrivateSky Aviation has sued its landlord, the Lee County Port Authority (LCPA). In its complaint filed with the U.S.
A Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) grant to support building an airline terminal complex at Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) in Fort Myers has implications for general aviation as well. The $10 million grant supplements other funding toward completion of the $438 million terminal project at RSW.