Passenger count at SRQ Airport up 51% during first nine months of year, compared to total for same period of pre-COVID year of 2019

Another airline — Avelo — announces service at SRQ, starting in January

This is one of the rotating banners on the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport’s website, as seen on Oct. 26. Image courtesy SRQ

The number of passengers traveling through the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport during the first nine months of this year was 51% higher than the count for the first nine months of 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic began, the airport has announced.

The total from January through September was 2,219,303, an airport news release says. In September alone, the release points out, the passenger traffic at the airport added up to 188,816. Compared to the figure for September 2020, the count for this September was 185% higher, the release notes.

Just three days after the airport released that data, it announced that Avelo Airlines will begin service at Sarasota Bradenton International (SRQ) in January 2022, with nonstop service to New Haven, Conn. Introductory one-way fares between SRQ and southern Connecticut’s Tweed-New Haven Airport (HVN) will start at $49, as shown on, the release notes.

The service on Boeing Next Generation 737-700 aircraft will start on Jan. 13, 2022, the release says.

With the addition of Sarasota-Bradenton, Avelo will be serving six destinations in Florida, including Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Orlando, Palm Beach and Tampa, the release points out.

“We are excited to offer this new, convenient and affordable direct service to Southern Connecticut,” said Avelo Chair and CEO Andrew Levy in the release.

“We are thrilled that Avelo Airlines has chosen Sarasota Bradenton International Airport to be part of their air service network,” Rick PiccoloSarasota Bradenton International Airport president and chief executive officer, said in the release. “With low fares and convenient nonstop service, passengers will have an affordable connection between two high-demand destinations,” Piccolo added.