SRQ Airport passenger traffic takes another big jump, month-over-month, for October

A number of flights resuming service this month and in December

The Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) saw a 12% increase in passenger traffic in October, compared to the total for the same month in 2021, the airport has announced.

The October count was 308,012, a news release notes.

Additionally, through October, 3,110,343 passengers had traveled through SRQ since this year began, a news release says. That marked a 25% hike, compared to the total from January through October 2021, the release adds.

Moreover, for the 12 months through October, the passenger count was 3,779,254; that figure was up 39%, compared to the 12-month total of 2,719,941 passengers for the 12 months through October 2021. Thus, 1,059,313 more passengers had traveled the airport’s corridors during that year-long timeframe, compared to the count for the same period of 2021, the release points out.

For September, SRQ President and CEO Frederick “Rick” Piccolo reported at that time, passenger traffic was higher by only 1%, compared to the figure for September 2021. However, for the 12 months through September, 3,746,571 passengers had made their way through SRQ, which marked a 47% increase, compared to the number for the 12 months through September 2021.

“With an expected increase in vehicle parking, the airport will operate multiple remote parking lots that travelers may be directed to once the long-term parking is full,” the latest release further notes. “These lots will have shuttle service available to and from the terminal,” the release adds.

In related news, Piccolo also has reported that, on Feb. 17, 2023, Avelo Airlines will begin new service from SRQ to Raleigh-Durham Airport (RDU) in North Carolina.

On Nov. 10, Avelo announced that it planned to open a fifth base of operations at RDU in February, which will enable the airline “to significantly expand the affordable, convenient and reliable air service” it introduced to North Carolina’s Research Triangle region in May.

Additionally, the following service recently resumed at SRQ, with other routes to begin again in coming weeks:

  • Nov. 19 — Allegiant to Richmond (RIC), Louisville (SDF) and Tulsa (TUL).
  • Nov. 19 — Southwest to Austin (AUS) and Cleveland (CLE).
  • Dec. 15 — American to Philadelphia (PHL) and United to Houston (IAH).
  • Dec. 17 — Delta to Detroit (DTW) and United to Denver (DEN).