Saturday, March 16, 2019
For Immediate Release


New nonstop service between SRQ and Cherry Capital Airport (TVC) in Northern Michigan begins today!  Flights will depart every Saturday from SRQ at 8:30am and arrive TVC at 11:30am.  Departure from TVC is at 12:30pm and arrives SRQ at 3:30pm.  Early bird fares start at $199.00 each way* and tickets are available at 877-393-2510 and  Service between TVC and SRQ will increase to 2 times a week in the summer.
“Elite Airways is pleased to begin nonstop jet service between Traverse City and Sarasota-Bradenton this month, which will be ideal for vacationers traveling in either direction,” said John Pearsall, President of Elite Airways. “Our hope is to expand to twice-weekly service this summer as demand for vacation travel increases. We believe there’s good synergy between these two popular vacation destinations, and wish to thank airport officials in Traverse City and Sarasota-Bradenton for their support.”

 “From snowflakes to sunshine in less than three hours, the new flight will allow Northern Michigan residents to escape the winter weather blues while also giving Florida residents a reprieve from the heat during the summer months,” said Kevin Klein, TVC Airport Director. “Sarasota-Bradenton, located on the Gulf of Mexico, offers legendary beaches and surf, wildlife, superior fishing, and watersports for every desire. From historic hotels to family resorts, there’s something for every vacation budget. Michiganians can escape the winter weather with this non-stop flight and in just under three hours enjoy communities beyond the Sarasota-Bradenton area like Siesta Key, Venice and Tampa.  Our northern Michigan non-stop to Sarasota-Bradenton is the easiest way to enjoy the Florida sunshine.”

“We are very pleased that Elite Airways will now offer nonstop service to Traverse City, Michigan. The Sarasota-Bradenton community is thrilled to have added these flights, which will connect two high-profile, high-quality vacation destinations,” said Dr. Peter A. Wish, Chairman of the Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority. More information about SRQ can be found at

For additional information contact:
Rick Piccolo
SRQ President, Chief Executive Officer
Tel. (941) 359-2770, extension 4200

*For Elite Airways flights, the first checked bag and carry-on will be free, $50.00 for a second checked bag, and $75.00 for the third checked bag per person. Each checked bag weighing between 51 and 70 pounds will be assessed a fee of $25 in addition to the checked bag fee. Each checked bag weighing between 71 and 100 pounds will be assessed a fee of $100. All fares are quoted in U.S. Dollars ($USD) unless otherwise specified. Visit for more details on our standard baggage service fee schedule. Dates of the advertised flights are subject to change in accordance with regulatory requirements. See the TSA website for a list of prohibited items.