Sarasota–Bradenton International Airport
Sarasota–Bradenton International Airport
|Owner||Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority|
|Serves||Sarasota metropolitan area|
Manatee / Sarasota counties
|Elevation AMSL||30 ft / 9 m|
Sarasota–Bradenton International Airport (IATA: SRQ, ICAO: KSRQ, FAA LID: SRQ) is located partially within Sarasota County, City of Sarasota, and Manatee County. Owned by the Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority, it is 3 miles (4.8 km) north of downtown Sarasota and 6 miles (9.7 km) south of Bradenton.
- 1 History
- 2 Governance
- 3 Facilities
- 4 Airlines and destinations
- 5 Statistics
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Before the Sarasota-Bradenton Airport was built, both Sarasota and Bradenton had their own airfields. Bradenton's Bradenton Airport and Sarasota's Lowe Field with both of them being unpaved. Bradenton Airport was established somewhere between 1935 and 1937; while Sarasota's Lowe Airfield was established on January 12, 1930. Bradenton's was abandoned during World War 2 at an unknown point while Lowe Field closed in 1961. The airport was originally built because Lowe Field had: short runways, dangerous landing conditions and the airport was not large enough to handle National Airlines new planes. The Sarasota-Bradenton was agreed to be built in 1939 and by May 1941 the Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority was created along with the airport being opened the following year at the cost of $1 million.
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. 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, WSRQ radio, and numerous local businesses in the area that include SRQ in their names.
World War II
In 1942 with the United States entering World War 2 the airport was leased to the Army Air Corps and became known as the Sarasota Army Airfield. The Army Air Corps later added 250 acres making the airport 870 acres. The 97th Bombardment Group was the first group, being transferred from MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa for training with B-17 Flying Fortresses staying from March to May. The 97th as well did construction and maintenance, including the construction of barracks and runway repair. After the 97th left, the 92d Operations Group arrived for training and did construction work also. In June the base was designated as a sub base changing its focus from bombers to fighters because the runways could not withstand the bomber's weight. The 69th Fighter Squadron transferred to the airfield from Drew Army Airfield to train with P-39 Airacobras.Sarasota had sub bases in Bartow, St. Petersburg, Fort Myers, and Tampa. While; Immokalee, Lake Wales, Punta Gorda and Winter Haven served as auxiliary fields for the base. After 3 years of use, the base officially closed and was transferred to civilian usage in 1947. Despite it's transfer, the airport and it's facilities deteriorated until the Florida Legislature passed the 1955 Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority Act. This act gave the airport more legal power and guidelines to operate.
Post–World War II expansion
National Airlines was SRQ's first airline, moving from Sarasota's Lowe's Field by 1947; the April 1957 OAG shows six NA departures a day. By June 1959, Sarasota had built a new terminal building for the airport featuring a control tower, a ticketing area, offices, gift shop, coffee shop and a balcony where passengers could watch their planes fly in. 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). It was also reported that by 1959 the airport had roughly 22,000 annual passengers. By the 1960s the airport along with Eastern and National Airlines got two commuter airlines; Executive in 1964 and Florida Air in 1968. Executive even established Sarasota as there southern operations and maintenance base. They flew flights between from Sarasota to Tampa and Fort Myers.
In the late 1970s to the early 1980s, there was a controversial proposal to move the airport by both Sarasota County and Manatee County due to airport overcrowding. The move never happened but, the airport's facilities were expanded instead.
September 11 attacks
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. The 747 taxied out at 9:54 AM and took off from runway 14 at 9:55 AM flying first to Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana.
2003 – present
In 2003 AirTran Airways began service at SRQ 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 January 2012, AirTran Airways announced that it would drop SRQ on August 12, 2012 as part of its merger with Southwest.
Delta Air Lines is the carrier with the largest market share out of SRQ, with flights to Atlanta, New York LaGuardia Airport, and Boston. The airport has two fixed-base operators: Rectrix Aviation and Dolphin Aviation.
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.
The airport covers 1,102 acres (446 ha) at an elevation of 30 feet (9.1 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).
In the year ending November 30, 2017 the airport had 101,311 aircraft operations, average 278 per day: 80% general aviation, 11% airline, 8% air taxi, and 2% military. 272 aircraft were then based at this airport: 69% single-engine, 18% jet, 7% multi-engine, 6% helicopter, and <1% ultra-light.
Airlines and destinations
|1||Delta Air Lines||650,580||1.8%||58.46%|
Top domestic destinations
|2||Charlotte, North Carolina||85,260||American|
|3||New York–JFK, New York||45,050||Delta, JetBlue|
|6||Newark, New Jersey||31,250||United|
|7||New York–La Guardia, New York||30,310||Delta|
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- Sarasota Bradenton International Airport, official site
- Sarasota/Bradenton Regional Airport 1959–1989 at the Wayback Machine (archived October 14, 2008)
- History of Airline Service at Sarasota 1930s-1960s
- Sarasota Bradenton Airport in the 1970s, An extensive history of airline service
- (PDF), effective January 31, 2019
- FAA Terminal Procedures for SRQ, effective January 31, 2019
- Resources for this airport: