September 11, 2020
For Immediate Release

SRQ Passenger Traffic for August Remains at 43% of 2019 Level

For the second month in a row, passenger traffic at the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) remained at 43% of the 2019 level.  Passengers totaled 58,115 for August 2020 compared to 135,467 passengers in August 2019.  Year-to-date figures show that airport passenger traffic is down 34% compared to 2019 with 834,545 passengers using the airport so far this year.
Despite the ongoing effects of Covid-19, SRQ continues to outpace the national average.  Nationwide the TSA reported the screening checkpoint throughput for August at 29% of the 2019 level.  With COVID-19 cases starting to decrease in Florida, the airlines that serve SRQ continue to bring back flights that were either temporarily suspended or were only seasonal.  In September, Allegiant Air will resume service to 2 destinations including Des Moines, IA (DSM) and Chicago Rockford, IL (RFD).    
For October, JetBlue returns with flights to Boston, MA (BOS), New York, NY (JFK) and Newark, NJ (EWR).  Allegiant resumes nonstop service to Nashville, TN (BNA), United resumes nonstop service to Washington Dulles, VA (IAD), and Air Canada starts up nonstop service to Toronto, Canada (YYZ).
“We are happy to see travelers continue to safely use our airport as we slowly rebound from COVID-19.  The safety of our passengers continues to be our top priority and we have implemented numerous layers of cleaning and sanitation measures to ensure those traveling through our facility are safe.
Some of these measures include plastic shields at all customer service counters, touchless hand sanitizer stations, social distancing markers in queuing lines, courtesy thermal temperature scanners, and increased janitorial staff to clean high-touch surfaces.  You will also see employees, tenants, and passengers wearing protective face coverings to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
With 36 nonstop destinations now available to book online, we hope that when travelers are ready to fly again, they will choose SRQ,” 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 420