Florida airport ends up "better than we thought" despite recession

Airport officials in Fort Meyers, Fla., say they are happy with $6 million in net revenue for the year, even though that fell some $1.4 million short of projections. Facing a 3% decline in passengers, the Lee County Port Authority cut the Southwest Florida International Airport budget by 10% and instituted a widespread hiring freeze. Given the weak economy, the airport "ended up a little better than we thought," says a Port Authority official.

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