Sarasota Bradenton International Airport SRQ
serves Florida's Gulf Coast counties Sarasota, Manatee, De Soto, Hardee and Charlotte and its cities Sarasota & Bradenton. It is operated by the Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority. Nearby Siesta Beach, 'America's Best Beach' (voted number 1 among U.S. 10 best beaches) is an 8-mile long barrier island offering pure quartz-powdered sand, bars, restaurants, shops and accommodations for every budget.
SRQ Airport is only five miles from downtown Sarasota, between Tampa Bay and Ft. Myers, and is accessible from Interstate Hwy 75, exit 213 (University Pkwy west).
With two runways1.2M passengers in 2016, Sarasota Bradenton International is served by major airlines offering direct flights to U.S. hubs with global connections, as well as by Air Canada with direct seasonal flights to Toronto. Sarasota also receives charter flights from Europe.
The passenger terminal at Sarasota Bradenton Airport,
which recently completed its complete overhaul, is easy to navigate, with a most pleasant appearance - featuring a lobby display of exotic plants, a display & information about products manufactured in that area, artwork, memorabilia, and a 6,000 gallon saltwater aquarium on the upper level. Airline ticketing, baggage claim, & other services are steps away from the main concourse and the commuter gates, while short- and long-term parking lots are adjacent to the main terminal.
The lower level
houses (west) baggage claim, rental car counters, Lost/Found, and separate (east) newly renovated check-in area with outside curbside check-in.
the upper level
offers amenities & an information counter, leading to the security checkpoint and the boarding area with food & drink concessions, charging stations and the departure gates B1 to B14 (the international gate is B8).
Current airlines serving the terminal:
Air Canada AC, tel. 8888-422-7533
American AA, tel. 800-433-7300
Delta DL, tel. 800-221-1212
Elite Airways, tel. 1-877-393-2510 - starting Nov.'16 from/to Portland, Maine.
JetBlue B6, 800-538-2583
United, tel. 800-864-8331
WestJet, tl. 88-937-8538
As of January 15, 2016, Raven Air offers nonstop service to Key West (EYW airport) on Mon, Fri & Sun. (tel. 239-777-4046 or visit www.ravenair.net.
Current and future Airport Developments:
A new 139-foot tall Air Traffic Control Tower is currently under construction - to be completed by 2017.