MONDAY 16 MAY 2022 |
Traffic continues to soar at Sarasota Bradenton International Airport, which in April saw a 31% year-over-year increase in the number of departing or arriving passengers. A total of 386,013 people have landed or departed from the airport, bringing the number of trips since the start of the year to 1,471,513, an amount of traffic the airport has not seen until beginning of July.
“We have seen more passengers using our airport in the first four months of this year than we typically see in an entire calendar year,” said Rick Piccolo, President and CEO of SRQ Airport.
Year-to-date to April 2021, the airport recorded 858,231 passenger flights. This means that in the first four months of 2022, there has been a 71.5% increase in traffic at a time when SRQ airport continues to be the fastest growing in the country.
It comes after March drove a 59.5% year-over-year increase at the airport and pushed the facility above the millionth traveler mark before the end of the first quarter.
“This unprecedented growth continues for our region and the airport,” Piccolo said. “Nationally, many airlines have reduced their summer schedules due to pilot shortages and rising fuel prices and we will see some of those impacts here. With high demand and fewer flights, people need to plan their trip this summer early while seat inventory and discounted prices are still available.
In the meantime, the SRQ continues to expand its list of carriers. Breeze Airways will become the 12th airline with flights via the airport on June 4. The first Breeze flights via Sarasota will fly on Wednesdays and Saturdays, connecting to Hartford, Connecticut. The Sarasota-Bradenton Market is one of 10 cities Breeze will add to its list of services.
The airport recorded 3,163,543 combined embarkations and disembarkations in calendar year 2021. Although traffic fluctuates throughout the year depending on the season, it is likely that the airport will significantly exceed the number last year’s passenger record before the end of the year.