Sarasota–Bradenton International Airport

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Sarasota–Bradenton International Airport
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
In use 1939-1945
Elevation AMSL 30 ft / 9 m
Coordinates 27°23′44″N 082°33′16″W / 27.39556°N 82.55444°W / 27.39556; -82.55444Coordinates: 27°23′44″N 082°33′16″W / 27.39556°N 82.55444°W / 27.39556; -82.55444
FAA diagram
FAA diagram
SRQ is located in Florida
SRQ is located in the US
Location of airport in Florida / United States
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
Passengers (2016) 1,186,419 [1]

Sarasota–Bradenton International Airport (IATA: SRQ[3]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)[2] and six miles south of Bradenton (Manatee County).[4]

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.[5] Federal Aviation Administration records say the airport had 657,157 enplanements in 2011, 2% less than in 2010.[6]

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,[7] WSRQ radio,[8] 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).

Airport Referendum (1978)[edit]

In 1978, there was a controversial proposal to move the airport by both Sarasota County and Manatee County due to airport overcrowding.[9]

September 11 Attacks[edit]

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.[10]

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,[11] 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.[12]

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

The "Q" in SRQ[edit]

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.[13]


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.[14]


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).[2]

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.[2]

Annual enplanements[edit]

The table lists annual enplanements from the Federal Aviation Administration's Terminal Area Forecast 2011.[15] An enplanement is a revenue generating passenger boarding an aircraft.[16]

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
Year Arrival Departures Total
2011 658,929 647,535 1,306,464
2012 640,458 632,457 1,272,915
2013 595,604 592,286 1,187,890
2014 601,486 595,611 1,197,097
2015 612,438 607,925 1,220,363
2016 594,167 592,252 1,168,419

JetBlue operations at SRQ

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Sarasota–Bradenton International Airport is located in the US
Airline destinations from Sarasota–Bradenton


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
Elite Airways Portland (ME), White Plains (begins November 10, 2017)[17]
JetBlue Airways New York–JFK
Seasonal: Boston
United Airlines Seasonal: Chicago–O'Hare, Newark
United Express Seasonal: Chicago–O'Hare, Newark


Carrier shares for (June 2016 – May 2017)[18]
Carrier   Passengers (arriving and departing)
PSA (American Eagle)
Endeavor (Delta Connection)
Top domestic destinations (June 2016 – May 2017)[18]
Rank Airport Passengers Airline
1 Atlanta, Georgia 296,930 Delta
2 Charlotte, North Carolina 78,500 American Eagle
3 New York–LaGuardia, New York 46,920 Delta
4 Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois 31,760 United
5 New York–JFK, New York 26,710 Delta, JetBlue
6 Washington–National, Virginia 23,210 American Eagle
7 Boston, Massachusetts 22,440 JetBlue
8 Newark, New Jersey 17,640 United
9 Detroit, Michigan 7,870 Delta
10 Portland, Maine 2,370 Elite Airways


  1. ^ {{}}. Airport Statistics | SRQ Airport. Effective November 24, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for SRQ (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective November 15, 2012.
  3. ^ "IATA Airport code Search (SRQ: Sarasota / Bradenton)". International Air Transport Association. Retrieved December 31, 2012. 
  4. ^ "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. 
  5. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2011" (PDF, 1.7 MB). Federal Aviation Administration. October 9, 2012. 
  7. ^ "SRQ: Living Local in Sarasota and Bradenton Florida". 
  8. ^ "WSRQ Sarasota 98.9 FM 106.9 FM 1220 AM - Sarasota Talk Radio -". 
  9. ^ "St. Petersburg Times - Google News Archive Search". Retrieved 2017-03-11. 
  10. ^ Pool news report by Judy Keen and Jay Carney on September 11, 2001, posted on USA Today Sept. 11 Resources
  11. ^ [1] Archived May 19, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ Jacobs, Karen (January 20, 2012). "Southwest says AirTran to exit six airports". Reuters. 
  13. ^
  14. ^ "Airport History". Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority. Retrieved February 26, 2013. 
  15. ^ "APO Terminal Area Forecast 2011". Federal Aviation Administration. Retrieved December 31, 2012. 
  16. ^ "About TAF (Terminal Area Forecast)". Federal Aviation Administration. Retrieved December 31, 2012. 
  17. ^
  18. ^ a b "Sarasota/Bradenton, FL: Sarasota/Bradenton International (SRQ)". Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), U.S. Department of Transportation. January 2016. 

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