Sarasota–Bradenton International Airport
|Sarasota–Bradenton International Airport|
|USGS 1998 orthophoto|
|IATA: SRQ – ICAO: KSRQ – FAA LID: SRQ|
|Owner||Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority|
|Serves||Sarasota / Bradenton, Florida|
|Location||Manatee / Sarasota counties|
|Elevation AMSL||30 ft / 9 m|
|Source: Federal Aviation Administration|
Sarasota–Bradenton International Airport (IATA: SRQ, ICAO: KSRQ, FAA LID: SRQ) is a public use airport in Sarasota County (terminal) and Manatee County (airfield). Owned by the Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority, it is located three nautical miles (6 km) north of the central business district of Sarasota (Sarasota County) and five nautical miles (9 km) south of Bradenton (Manatee County).
This airport is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a primary commercial service airport since it has over 10,000 passenger boardings (enplanements) per year. As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 657,157 enplanements in calendar year 2011, a decrease of 2.06% from 670,992 in 2010.
Most airlines refer to the airport on destination maps and flight status displays as just "Sarasota", as that is the more widely known city. The airport is usually referred to locally as "SRQ" (the airport code). A large portion of the airport's commercial airline service occurs during the winter and spring months, as the area is a popular tourist destination and seasonal home for snowbirds during the winter and spring months.
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.
Like many mid-sized American airports, Sarasota–Bradenton International Airport experienced financial woes in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks. Additionally, two airlines servicing SRQ, Canada 3000 and Canadian Airlines, ceased operations, the first bankrupt and the second acquired by Air Canada.
However, in 2003, AirTran Airways began service as the result of a nationwide marketing poll sponsored by the airline. The poll's results indicated that Sarasota–Bradenton was one of several smaller airports that AirTran's customers would prefer the airline service. Consequently, AirTran added service to Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport, and Baltimore–Washington International Airport, and as of 2011 the airline serves six U.S. destinations with non-stop flights from SRQ.
Financial concerns were faced again in September 2005, when Delta Air Lines, the carrier with the largest market share out of SRQ, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. While initially there was great 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, which included expanded service to Atlanta, and new service to New York's LaGuardia Airport, and Boston's Logan International Airport. All of that service was cut back or discontinued, but new winter/spring seasonal service to Boston and LaGuardia was recently announced by Delta.
In January 2012, AirTran Airways announced that it would cease operations on August 12, 2012 as part of its merger with Southwest.
The current President, CEO is Frederick "Rick" J. Piccolo. The airport is governed by the Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority. The board is made up of six governor appointed individuals, three from Sarasota County and three from Manatee County. The reason for the split is that the airport actually has portions in both counties.
Facilities and aircraft 
Sarasota Bradenton International Airport covers an area of 1,102 acres (446 ha) at an elevation of 30 feet (9 m) above mean sea level. It has two runways with asphalt surfaces: 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).
For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2009, the airport had 106,710 aircraft operations, an average of 292 per day: 78% general aviation, 13% scheduled commercial, 7% air taxi, and 2% military. At that time there were 247 aircraft based at this airport: 69% single-engine, 14% jet, 13% multi-engine, and 4% helicopter.
Annual enplanements 
The following table lists annual enplanements as published by the Federal Aviation Administration in its Terminal Area Forecast 2011. An enplanement is defined as a revenue generating passenger boarding an aircraft.
Airlines and destinations 
Sarasota–Bradenton International Airport has a main terminal with gates B1–B14.
Main terminal (B gates) 
|Air Canada||Seasonal: Toronto-Pearson|
|Delta Air Lines||Atlanta, New York-LaGuardia
|JetBlue Airways||Boston, New York-JFK, New York-LaGuardia|
|US Airways||Seasonal: Charlotte|
|US Airways Express operated by Mesa Airlines||Charlotte|
|US Airways Express operated by Republic Airlines||Charlotte, Washington-Reagan|
|Carrier||Passengers (arriving and departing)|
|1||Atlanta, GA||Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL)||354,000|
|2||Charlotte, NC||Charlotte/Douglas International (CLT)||70,000|
|3||New York, NY||John F. Kennedy International (JFK)||59,000|
|4||Chicago, IL||Chicago Midway International (MDW)||50,000|
|5||Washington, D.C. / Virginia||Ronald Reagan Washington National (DCA)||24,000|
|6||Boston, MA||Logan International (BOS)||21,000|
|7||Baltimore, MD||Baltimore-Washington International (BWI)||21,000|
|8||Milwaukee, WI||General Mitchell International (MKE)||17,000|
|9||Indianapolis, IN||Indianapolis International (IND)||15,000|
|10||Detroit, MI||Detroit Metropolitan (DTW)||8,000|
- FAA Airport Master Record for SRQ ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective November 15, 2012.
- "IATA Airport Code Search (SRQ: Sarasota / Bradenton)". International Air Transport Association. Retrieved December 31, 2012.
- "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.
- "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010.
- "Enplanements for CY 2011" (PDF, 1.7 MB). CY 2011 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 9, 2012.
- Pool news report by Judy Keen and Jay Carney on September 11, 2001, posted on USA Today Sept. 11 Resources
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- Jacobs, Karen (January 20, 2012). "Southwest says AirTran to exit six airports". Reuters.
- "Airport History". srq-airport.com. Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
- "APO Terminal Area Forecast 2011". Federal Aviation Administration. Retrieved December 31, 2012.
- "About TAF (Terminal Area Forecast)". Federal Aviation Administration. Retrieved December 31, 2012.
- "Sarasota/Bradenton, FL: Sarasota/Bradenton International (SRQ)". Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), U.S. Department of Transportation. February 2012.
- Sarasota Bradenton International Airport, official site
- Sarasota/Bradenton Regional Airport 1959–1989 at the Wayback Machine (archived October 14, 2008)
- (PDF), effective May 2, 2013
- FAA Terminal Procedures for SRQ, effective May 2, 2013
- Resources for this airport: