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SRQ Sets All-Time Passenger Record for May

Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) passenger traffic for the month of May set an all-time record with 161,435 passengers traveling through the airport.  Traffic for May 2019 was up 39.9% over May of 2018.  Year-to-date passenger numbers are up 38%. 

“In addition to increasing passenger traffic, we have also seen strong increases in our food and beverage sales, gift shop purchases, rental car and parking lot revenue.   The airport is positioned well with no debt since 2014 and a completely renovated terminal and roadway system. The increased revenue should lead to even lower rates and charges to the airlines and further encourage continued growth.  Last year the airport lowered landing fees by 50% with less than half the growth we have seen this year. 

We are extremely grateful to the community for supporting all the new air service we have received over the past year.  Our discussions with the airlines continue to be very positive and we are optimistic that the airport will have more new route announcements in the future,” stated Rick Piccolo, President, CEO of the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport. “

Over the past 15 months, SRQ has added 2 new air carriers, Allegiant Air and Frontier Airlines, 23 new routes and 18 new destinations including Ashville (AVL), Baltimore (BWI), Cincinnati (CVG), Cleveland (CLE), Columbus (LCK), Dallas/Ft. Worth (DFW), Denver (DEN), Grand Rapids (GRR), Harrisburg (MDT), Indianapolis (IND), Melbourne (MLB), Nashville (BNA), Philadelphia (PHL), Pittsburgh (PIT), Richmond (RIC), Syracuse (SYR), Traverse City (TVC) and Washington, D.C. (IAD).  There are now 8 airlines providing nonstop service to 29 destinations at SRQ.