Sarasota Bradenton International Airport Sees Passenger Surge Despite Hurricane Hurdles
As the sun sets on the summer travel season of 2023, Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) proudly reveals a surge in its passenger numbers, with August showing a noteworthy 10% growth. This uptick is especially significant considering that, last month, 261,091 travelers passed through its terminals. This number reflects a 10% increase from August 2022, an impressive feat given that Hurricane Idalia caused a temporary halt to its air services for a few days during that month.
Taking a broader look at the year’s progression, the cumulative count of passengers through SRQ from January to August 2023 stands at 2,973,800. This denotes a solid 14% jump compared to the figures from the first 8 months of 2022.
Rick Piccolo, the President, and CEO of the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport, shared his enthusiasm over the growth. “It’s immensely satisfying to see the positive trend of passenger traffic each summer month at SRQ. We’re optimistic that this upward trajectory will hold steady, if not amplify, during the autumn season, particularly with the introduction of several new and renewed flight routes.”
Travelers can anticipate a more connected and accessible SRQ in the coming months. A series of new and returning flight services are set to grace the airport:
· November 2, 2023: Direct connectivity from Philadelphia/Wilmington, DE (ILG) by Avelo Airlines.· October 31, 2023: Re-established route to Toronto, Canada (YYZ) via Air Canada.· December 21, 2023: The Cleveland, OH (CLE) route will make a comeback through Frontier Airlines.With such promising developments, SRQ seems poised to further solidify its position as a preferred gateway for many travelers.
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