Sarasota–Bradenton International Airport

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Sarasota–Bradenton International Airport
File:Sarasota Bradenton International Airport logo.png
Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport FL 31 Dec 1998.jpg
Airport type Public
Owner Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority
Serves Sarasota / Bradenton, Florida
Location Manatee / Sarasota counties
Elevation AMSL 30 ft / 9 m
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FAA diagram
FAA diagram
SRQ is located in Florida
Location in Florida
Direction Length Surface
ft m
14/32 9,500 2,896 Asphalt
4/22 5,009 1,527 Asphalt
Statistics (2013)
Aircraft operations 103,411
Based aircraft 247

Sarasota–Bradenton International Airport (IATA: SRQ[2]ICAO: KSRQFAA LID: SRQ) is in Sarasota County (terminal) and Manatee County (airfield), Florida. Owned by the Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority, it is three miles north of Sarasota (Sarasota County)[1] and six miles south of Bradenton (Manatee County).[3]

The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 called it a primary commercial service airport since it has over 10,000 passenger boardings per year.[4] Federal Aviation Administration records say the airport had 657,157 enplanements in 2011, 2% less than in 2010.[5]

Most airlines refer to the airport on maps and flight status displays as just "Sarasota", the more widely known city. The airport is referred to locally as "SRQ" (the airport code). Much of the airline service occurs during winter and spring, as the area is a tourist destination and home for snowbirds during winter and spring.

The airport's IATA airport code, "SRQ", is used as a general nickname for the city of Sarasota and Sarasota area, as exemplified by media outlets like SRQ Magazine,[6] WSRQ radio,[7] and numerous local businesses in the area that include SRQ in their names.


National was SRQ's first airline, moving from Sarasota's old airport by 1945; the April 1957 OAG shows six NA departures a day. Eastern arrived in 1961 and the airport's first jet flights were Eastern 727s in winter 1964–65 (though the longest runway was 5006 ft for a few years after that).

Air Force One was at the airport on September 11, 2001. George W. Bush was at the Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota when Andrew Card first informed him of the September 11, 2001 attacks at 9:05 AM. Bush returned to the airport. It taxied at 9:54 AM and lifted off at 9:55 AM flying first to Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana.[8]

Like many American airports, Sarasota–Bradenton International Airport experienced financial woes after the September 11, 2001 attacks with airlines leaving, such as Canada 3000

In 2003 AirTran Airways began service after a nationwide marketing poll by the airline. AirTran added service to Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport, and Baltimore–Washington International Airport, and by 2011 the airline served six U.S. cities nonstop from SRQ.

In September 2005 Delta Air Lines, the carrier with the largest market share out of SRQ,[9] filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. While initially there was concern regarding Delta's bankruptcy filing's effect on the financial stability of the airport, especially if Delta were to have reduced local operations, in fact Delta has since announced new service out of SRQ, with more flights to Atlanta and new service to New York LaGuardia Airport and Boston. All of that service was cut back or discontinued, but Delta recently announced new winter/spring seasonal service to Boston and LaGuardia.

In January 2012 AirTran Airways announced that it would drop SRQ on August 12, 2012 as part of its merger with Southwest.[10]

The airport has two fixed-base operators; Rectrix Aviation and Dolphin Aviation.

The "Q" in SRQ

In the 1940s SRQ was known by its two-character designation, RS. By 1948, growth in aviation demand prompted IATA to coordinate the assignment of three-character codes. The airport initially received the designation "SSO", a short-lived code subject to misinterpretation as the international distress signal, SOS. SRQ was chosen, with "Q" serving as filler text.[11]


The current President, CEO is Fredrick "Rick" J. Piccolo. The airport is governed by the Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority. The board is six governor appointed individuals, three from Sarasota County and three from Manatee County, since the airport has portions in each county.[12]


The airport covers 1,102 acres (446 ha) at an elevation of 30 feet (9 m). It has two asphalt runways: 14/32 is 9,500 by 150 feet (2,896 x 46 m) and 4/22 is 5,009 by 150 feet (1,527 x 46 m).[1]

In 2013 the airport had 103,411 aircraft operations, average 283 per day: 78% general aviation, 13% airline, 7% air taxi, and 2% military. 247 aircraft were then based at this airport: 69% single-engine, 14% jet, 13% multi-engine, and 4% helicopter.[1]

Annual enplanements

The table lists annual enplanements from the Federal Aviation Administration's Terminal Area Forecast 2011.[13] An enplanement is a revenue generating passenger boarding an aircraft.[14]

Year Air Carrier Commuter International Total
2004 430,554 123,036 0 553,590
2005 496,976 135,148 3,144 635,268
2006 514,406 159,983 12,828 687,217
2007 608,983 170,184 8,805 787,972
2008 577,942 186,256 9,013 773,211
2009 507,162 153,639 9,904 670,705
2010 514,986 134,339 10,980 660,305
JetBlue operations at SRQ

Airlines and destinations

Sarasota–Bradenton International Airport is located in USA
Airline domestic destinations from Sarasota–Bradenton

The airport has a main terminal with gates B1–B14.

Main terminal (B gates)

Airlines Destinations
Air Canada Rouge Toronto-Pearson
American Airlines Seasonal: Charlotte
American Eagle Charlotte, Washington-National
Delta Air Lines Atlanta
Seasonal: Detroit, New York-LaGuardia
Delta Connection Seasonal: New York-JFK, New York-LaGuardia
JetBlue Airways New York-JFK, New York-LaGuardia
Seasonal: Boston
Raven Air Key West (begins January 15, 2016)[15]
United Airlines Chicago-O'Hare
United Express Seasonal: Chicago-O'Hare, Newark
WestJet Seasonal: Toronto-Pearson


Carrier shares for (Jan 2014 - Dec 2014)[16]
Carrier   Passengers (arriving and departing)
Air Wisconsin
Top domestic destinations (August 2014 - July 2015) [16]
Rank Airport Passengers Airline
1 Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International (ATL) 292,100 Delta
2 Charlotte/Douglas International (CLT) 75,760 American
3 New York City LaGuardia Airport (LGA) 70,230 Delta, JetBlue
4 Chicago O'Hare International (ORD) 47,170 United
5 New York City John F. Kennedy International (JFK) 40,210 Delta, JetBlue
6 Boston Logan International (BOS) 19,480 JetBlue
7 Washington Reagan National (DCA) 18,710 American
8 Newark Liberty International (EWR) 10,520 United
9 Detroit Metropolitan (DTW) 9,310 Delta
10 Washington Dulles (IAD) 130 N/A


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 FAA Airport Master Record for SRQ (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective November 15, 2012.
  2. "IATA Airport code Search (SRQ: Sarasota / Bradenton)". International Air Transport Association. Retrieved December 31, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Distance and heading from Bradenton (27°29'N 82°35'W) to KSRQ (27°23'44"N 82°33'16"W)". Great Circle Mapper. Retrieved December 31, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. External link in |work= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Enplanements for CY 2011" (PDF, 1.7 MB). CY 2011 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 9, 2012. External link in |work= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "SRQ: Living Local in Sarasota and Bradenton Florida".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "WSRQ Sarasota 98.9 FM 106.9 FM 1220 AM - Sarasota Talk Radio -".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Pool news report by Judy Keen and Jay Carney on September 11, 2001, posted on USA Today Sept. 11 Resources
  9. [1] Archived May 19, 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  10. Jacobs, Karen (January 20, 2012). "Southwest says AirTran to exit six airports". Reuters.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. "Airport History". Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority. Retrieved February 26, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. "APO Terminal Area Forecast 2011". Federal Aviation Administration. Retrieved December 31, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. "About TAF (Terminal Area Forecast)". Federal Aviation Administration. Retrieved December 31, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  16. 16.0 16.1 "Sarasota/Bradenton, FL: Sarasota/Bradenton International (SRQ)". Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), U.S. Department of Transportation. July 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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