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Sarasota Airport Traffic Smashes Records

Sarasota Airport Smashes Traffic Records
Highest Monthly Passenger Numbers Recorded in the History of the Airport

“For the month of March, passenger traffic at the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) soared to 277,590 passengers, breaking the all-time record of 255,247 passengers for a single month at the airport.  Passenger numbers increased 74% over the previous month of February. Compared to March 2020, passenger traffic was 81% higher than the 2020 level of 153,246. 
“It is really exciting to see us break our record for the highest number of passengers in a single month.  With the recent addition of Southwest Airlines, and expanded service on our nine other carriers, travelers now have a multitude of choices when making their travel plans.  

Now that a vaccine is readily available in the United States, domestic passenger travel has quickly returned to SRQ and we expect to see a record number of passengers through the remainder of the year,” stated Rick Piccolo, President, CEO of the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport.   

In March 2018, SRQ had 6 airlines serving 12 nonstop destinations.  For March 2021, SRQ had 10 airlines serving 45 nonstop destinations.  This rapid growth has required the airport to expand the screening checkpoint, add additional parking, and install additional jet fuel storage.

Future projects that are currently in design include expanding the ground transportation area, adding additional parking for rental cars, constructing a new inline baggage handling system, and adding additional concessionaires including new restaurants and gift shops.  “