Passengers anxious to take advantage of the new terminal at Southwest Florida International will have to wait a little longer. The Lee County Port Authority announced today/Monday it’s delaying the opening. The Midfield Terminal Complex was scheduled to welcome travelers July 20th—or a week from Wednesday. Now it’ll be later… but no word yet on when. Spokeswoman Laska Ryan says it all depends on getting a certificate of occupancy or “C.O.”
“We’ve consulted with the airlines and everyone feels it’s more important to get the terminal done right than to meet a self-imposed deadline. We do plan to announce a date for the new terminal after receiving a C.O.”
Getting that Certificate of Occupancy depends on the project’s completion. The Transportation Security Administration still has to certify the new baggage system, workers still need to install e-ticket kiosks and there’s some last minute training of staff.
Tuesday, 12 July 2005 01:00