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Southwest Airlines Ups Its Flights at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport

| Suncoast Post Staff |

Once a small regional airport with very limited flight options, Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport underwent a remarkable change-over the past two and a half years. A significant change was the arrival of Southwest Airlines.

Just a short time ago, Southwest Airlines had no flights servicing Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport. However, recognizing the untapped potential of this Suncoast area, the airline made a strategic decision to expand its reach and offer travelers more options. With the unveiling of a flight plan in February 2021, Southwest Airlines set in motion a series of exciting developments that would reshape the airport’s visibility.

Today, Southwest Airlines operates flights to over twenty different destinations from Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport. The airline’s entry into this market has provided local travelers with unprecedented convenience and access to popular cities across the United States. From big cities like New York and Chicago to beautiful coastal escapes such as Charleston and Key West, Southwest has become the go-to carrier for those seeking to explore diverse destinations.

Passengers have quickly come to appreciate the airline’s renowned hospitality and customer service. Southwest’s unique “Bags Fly Free” policy, where passengers are allowed two checked bags at no additional cost, has been a significant draw for travelers. In an era where other airlines nickel and dime passengers for every additional service, Southwest’s commitment to keeping costs reasonable has struck a chord with those seeking value and convenience.


The impact of Southwest’s presence extends beyond passenger satisfaction. The increased competition has encouraged other airlines to improve their offerings, resulting in more affordable fares and expanded flight options for the entire region. As a result, Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport has experienced a surge in passenger traffic, with a record number of travelers passing through its gates each month.

To accommodate the growing demand, the airport has undergone significant upgrades. New terminal gates (coming soon), expanded parking facilities, and enhanced amenities have transformed Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport into a go-to airport capable of managing the increased passenger volume. The expansion has created jobs, stimulated the local economy, and positioned the airport as a vital gateway for both business and leisure travelers.

Southwest Airlines’ partnership with Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport has been a win-win scenario. The airline recognized the potential of this thriving region, and its investment has paid off handsomely. The people of the Florida Suncoast have warmly embraced Southwest’s presence, and the airline has reciprocated by becoming deeply ingrained in the local community.

Southwest currently flies to the following cities with more destinations to come!  (Information subject to change)

  • Atlanta, GA (year-round)
  • Austin, TX (seasonal)
  • Baltimore, MD (year-round)
  • Boston, MA (seasonal)
  • Buffalo, NY (seasonal)
  • Chicago, IL (year-round)
  • Cincinnati, OH (seasonal)
  • Cleveland, OH (seasonal)
  • Columbus, OH (year-round)
  • Dallas, TX (year-round)
  • Denver, CO (seasonal)
  • Houston, TX (year-round)
  • Indianapolis, IN (year-round)
  • Kansas City, MO (seasonal)
  • Milwaukee, WI (year-round)
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN- (seasonal)
  • Nashville, TN (year-round)
  • New York, NY (seasonal)
  • Pittsburgh, PA (year-round)
  • Providence, RI (year-round)
  • St. Louis, MO (year-round)
  • Washington, DC (seasonal)

Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport is the new “go-to” airport for both local and out of town travelers.  Southwest Airlines is now playing an important role in this transformation.

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