June 22, 2020
For Immediate Release

SRQ Flights Return with New Schedules and Destinations

Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) is beginning to see signs of recovery as airlines return flights and passengers to the airport.  Last week, JetBlue announced they will be adding nonstop service to Newark, NJ (EWR) starting Aug. 6th. This destination, not previously served from SRQ by JetBlue, will be in addition to the nonstop service provided to New York’s John F. Kennedy (JFK) airport and the seasonal service to Boston (BOS). 
American Airlines announced they will add nonstop flights to New York’s LaGuardia (LGA) airport starting July 11th.  LGA is a route not previously served by AA at SRQ.  They also plan to bring back service to Philadelphia (PHL) on July 3rd, as well as Dallas/Ft. Worth (DFW) and Washington D.C. (DCA) on July 7th.
Frontier Airlines recently announced new nonstop flights to Chicago O’Hare (ORD).  This is a new destination for Frontier at SRQ.   Last summer, Frontier served only one destination from SRQ.  This summer they will provide nonstop service to four destinations.  Cleveland (CLE) and Philadelphia (PHL) flights started on June 6 and Cincinnati (CVG) and Chicago (ORD) service will begin on July 4th.
Delta Air Lines, SRQ’s largest carrier for business travelers, added a third daily flight to Atlanta (ATL) on June 11th and will add a fourth daily flight beginning July 2nd
United Airlines will continue to provide service to Chicago O’Hare (ORD). 
Allegiant, SRQ’s largest ultra-low-cost-carrier, will continue to provide a minimum of two times weekly service to thirteen destinations including Baltimore (BWI), Cincinnati (CVG), Cleveland (CLE), St. Louis (BLV), Grand Rapids (GRR), Knoxville (TYS), Richmond (RIC), Asheville (AVL), Pittsburgh (PIT), Indianapolis (IND), Harrisburg (MDT), Columbus (LCK), and Syracuse (SYR).  Allegiant also plans to return service to six additional destinations in August including Allentown (ABE), Nashville (BNA), Des Moines (DSM), Flint (FNT), Fort Wayne (FWA), and Rockford (RFD).
“It is an interesting phenomenon to see how the rebound in traffic is affecting airports across the country.  People from larger cities seem to prefer traveling to smaller beach town resort areas like Sarasota/Bradenton as they are ideal places to safely and easily social distance while vacationing or spending time with family.  
The airport continues to exercise the recommendations of the CDC with increased janitorial staffing, plastic shields, hand sanitizer stations, social distance markers, and face covering requirements for all airport employees. We are excited that our public health practices combined with the increased flight choices provides an opportunity to help get our local economy back on its feet in an expedited manner.” stated Rick Piccolo, President, CEO of the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport. 

Fredrick J. Piccolo, President, CEO
Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ)
Tel. (941) 359-2770, extension 4200