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Apr 15

North Trail's SRQ Airport Reports Continued Traffic

Posted by ntadmin in SRQ Airport , Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport , North Trail

SRQ Airport Reports Continued Traffic Growth Through March

Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) passenger traffic for the month of March was up 33% over March 2018 with 197,889 passengers traveling through the airport. This follows 13 straight months of traffic increases with year-to-date traffic up 36.5%. Passenger traffic is expected to show continued growth through the remainder of 2019. Over the past 12 months, the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport has added two new air carriers, Allegiant Air and Frontier Airlines, 23 new routes and 18 new destinations including Ashville (AVL), Baltimore (BWI), Cincinnati (CVG), Cleveland (CLE), Columbus (LCK), Dallas/Ft. Worth (DFW), Denver (DEN), Grand Rapids (GRR), Harrisburg (MDT), Indianapolis (IND), Melbourne (MLB), Nashville (BNA), Philadelphia (PHL), Pittsburgh (PIT), Richmond (RIC), Syracuse (SYR), Traverse City (TVC) and Washington, D.C. 

Original article published April 15, 2019, by SRQ Daily.

Jan 15

North Trail's SRQ Airport Ends 2018 on Sky-High Note

Posted by ntadmin in Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport , North Trail

Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport ended the 2018 calendar year with a 16% increase in passenger traffic over calendar year 2017. This past December was the 9th straight month of increased passengers with the last eight months incurring double-digit increases averaging 28%, and December 2018 showing an astounding 39% increase from 2017 in transit and consumer volume. Growth first began in April 2018 with the addition of Allegiant Air—SRQ’s first ultra-low-cost carrier—and was then followed by Frontier Airlines—a second ultra-low-cost carrier—in December. The airport now hosts eight leading airlines. Much of the double-digit passenger growth was in large part, due to the addition of 20 new routes and 15 new destinations—tallying a humble total now of 26 nonstop destinations. SRQ served six airlines and only 10 nonstop destinations less than one year ago.

It only really takes one airline to make a huge difference in business at an airport, something that Piccolo saw after Allegiant entered the Sarasota-Bradenton market and began offering its economical fares to several new cities, while airlines like American Air, Frontier and United added transit to Chicago (ORD), Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), Atlanta (ATL), Newark (EWR) and Philadelphia (PHL). Now maybe frequent flyers can look at SRQ's flights first, before looking at a drive up to Tampa International Airport, as costs may not always be higher than TPA, like they so often were before.

And according to Fredrick J. Piccolo, President & CEO of SRQ, the local airport is expected to continue its upward growth trend just as steadily in 2019. Showing no signs of taking his hand off the throttle, he announced new air service additions starting over the next few months. These additions include Baltimore/Washington (BWI) and Asheville (AVL) starting late February, as well as Harrisburg (MDT), Syracuse (SYR), Columbus (LCK), Richmond (RIC) and Cleveland (CLE), Grand Rapids (GRR) and Nashville (BNA) all starting early April 2019. He also would like to see new nonstop Northeast and Midwest destinations added to places such as Buffalo, Detroit and Minneapolis, and more of a westward reach, including Houston. If all goes well, Piccolo foresees international destinations added, perhaps to Montreal, London, Frankfurt and Amsterdam.

Jan 10

North Trail's SRQ Airport adds Allegiant Flights

Posted by ntadmin in SRQ Airport , Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport , Allegiant Air

Airline Adds New Routes Between Sarasota, Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Pittsburgh

The new Allegiant flights will operate twice weekly, with fares beginning at $48.

By Staff  1/10/2018 at 3:24pm

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Feb 09

More Canadian Flights Added to Bradenton-Sarasota Airport

Posted by ntadmin in SRQ Airport , Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport , Canada Flights

Canada Flights Strong, WestJet Adds Flight
Jacob Ogles,

While a weak Canadian dollar has caused some angst in the hospitality area in region, competitive air fare has provided some measurable success, as demonstrated by a decision announced by WestJet on Monday to add flights from Toronto into the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport. The airline will now have flights from Toronto Pearson International Airport to SRQ airport and back three times a week—on Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays—through April 29 this year. Tuesday service starts on Feb. 23. “It’s really good to see that an airline that has only been in the market now for about two months is already increasing their service," said Rick Piccolo, president and CEO for SRQ airport. “It’s a good signal of how well they are doing.” 

The announcement comes after some fear in hospitality circles that an underperforming Canadian dollar would lead to reduced travel to destinations in the United States; the Canadian dollar as of Monday evening was valued at just 72 U.S. cents. But WestJet has reported strong profits even amid concerns. Just last week, the Toronto Stock Exchange approved WestJet to maximize the number of shares the company is authorized to purchase next year. “Notwithstanding the impact that recent economic weakness in Alberta has had on our results, our decision to increase our normal course issuer bid demonstrates our confidence in WestJet's proven business model and the financial strength of our airline," said WestJet President and CEO Gregg Saretsky. The company in 2015 announced record full-year net earnings of $367.5 million, up 16 percent from 2014.

Dec 10

Air Canada Connects SRQ to North Year-Round

Posted by ntadmin in SRQ Airport , Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport , North Trail

Air Canada Connects SRQ to Great White North Year-Round
Jacob Ogles,

Non-stop international air service to Toronto will soon be available twice a week all year for travelers flying out of Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, a development that marks the first time the airport could offer service to Canada any month of the year. Air Canada on Tuesday announced new Sarasota flights, starting in May, as part of a long-term expansion strategy for the airline.

Flights between SRQ Airport and Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) will kick off May 2, when the airline will begin twice-weekly non-stop flights, on Thursdays and Saturdays. Right now, non-stop service to Canada is only available seasonally. 

Dec 17

Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority Announces Officers

Posted by in Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport , North Trail , North Tamiami Trail

The Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority elected Commissioner Jack Rynerson as Chairman during the election of board officers for the coming year. Rynerson will serve as Chairman for 2014, and has served two terms on the airport board from June 2000 to December 2008. He was reappointed to the board by Governor Crist in 2010. This is Rynerson’s third term serving as Chair. He has served on a number of community boards and presently represents the Airport on the Manatee County Tourist Development Council and the Metropolitan Planning Organization. Completing the officers for the Airport Authority board are Dr. Peter A. Wish, vice chairman, who has served on a number of philanthropic organizations, and John Stafford, Secretary, who is the chairman of the Board of FCCI Insurance Group. 

Original article posted December 17, 2013, by SRQ Daily.

Aug 23

SRQ Airport Awarded Safety Mark of Distinction

Posted by in Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport , North Trail , North Tamiami Trail

Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) has been awarded the Airport Safety Mark of Distinction from the Federal Aviation Administration. The award recognizes the airport’s initiatives that advance safety, including supplemental wind cones, new LED taxiway lighting, improvements to signage and runway guard lights, the removal of a structure in the runway protection zone, and implementation of safety meetings and computerized training programs.

Original article published August 22, 2013, by BIZ(941).

Aug 22

United Airlines to Double SRQ Flights to Chicago

Posted by in Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport , North Trail

The Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority  is pleased to announce that due to increased demand around the Christmas holiday, United Airlines will increase flights between Sarasota Bradenton International (SRQ) and Chicago O’Hare (ORD) to twice daily for the period of December 19 through January 6. as announced that United Airlines will increase flights between Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) and Chicago O’Hare (ORD) to twice daily, Dec. 19-Jan. 6.   Flights from Sarasota will depart at 10:56am and 2:15pm, landing at 12:50pm and 4:08 pm respectively. Flights from Chicago will depart at 6:15am and 9:40am, landing at 9:57am and 1:21pm respectively. Chicago was No. 5 on the list of SRQ’s top 20 destinations at the end of 2012.

Original article published August 20, 2013, by BIZ(941) and SRQDaily.

Jul 04

North Tamiami's SRQ Airport Seeking Domestic Flights

Posted by in Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport , North Trail , North Tamiami Trail

It has been nearly a year since the last AirTran flights took off from the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, and certainly the loss is still felt. But through new flights from other carriers and the creation of new destinations reachable through Sarasota, officials at SRQ airport feel good about the present and the future. 

"We've recovered a good portion of the impact AirTrain could have had," said Fredrick Piccolo, CEO of Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport. He notes that AirTran, while it was still flying to Sarasota, was responsible for some 30 percent of flights through the airport. But passenger traffic in the first half of this year is down by only about 14 percent. Since AirTran announced in early 2012 that it would leave the airport, United has opened flights to Chicago O'Hare International Airport and both JetBlue and Delta are now flying from here to LaGuardia Airport in New York. The decision by AirTran was made after Southwest Airplanes bought the carrier, and there are still markets that were lost with AirTran's departure which Piccolo wants back. One notable example is Baltimore (the Orioles conduct spring training in Sarasota), but in the past year, Delta has started providing direct service to Baltimore through Atlanta. While Piccolo still would like non-stop service to the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. market, it is a positive development that people can get from Baltimore to Sarasota without changing planes. Other priorities for Piccolo include service to Newark or to Miami. "In the meantime," Piccolo said, "we are positioned financially to withstand, move along and function fine." Right now, Piccolo believes the Airport could see the same level of passenger traffic in and out of SRQ Airport in a year or two. That doesn't mean every lost AirTran destination will be restored but new flights will bring enough passengers to offset losses. "I think in a year, it's attainable," he said. 

Original article published June 24, 2013, by SRQ Daily.

Jun 14

North Trail's Piccolo Elected Chairman of Airports Council

Posted by in Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport , North Trail , North Tamiami Trail

At a time when Sarasota airport officials have been seeking out ways to bring international flights to town, the executive of the airport has just been named as chairman of one of the top aviation organizations in the world. Rick Piccolo, president and CEO of Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, was unanimously elected Tuesday as the new chairman of the Airports Council International World Governing Board. 

Piccolo, right now vice chairman of the organization, was elected in Istanbul, Turkey at a meeting to the ACI World Governing Board. His two-year term begins in January. Declan Collier, chief executive of London City Airport, was elected vice chairman.
"As newly elected chair of ACI, which is an accomplished leader in working for its membership, I will do my utmost to help ACI grow its relationships," said Piccolo, naming several other international aviation entities with which ACI works on the world stage. Piccolo said ACI will continue to be in a position to help airports "further strengthen their operations and enhance the standing of airports on the world aviation stage." Many tourism officials hope Piccolo's election is not just good news for him individually but for the entire region. "I just think it is another way we get to raise international awareness with business and travel leaders who have the power to be major influencers for travel," said Virginia Haley, president of Visit Sarasota County. ACI, established in 1991, is the global trade representative of the world's airports and represents their interests with governments and international organizations. ACI World Director General Angela Gittens called Piccolo a qualified airport leader "whose industry expertise and knowledge will help further guide and steer ACI to provide its members with the tools, services and strategies to continue achieving operational excellence."

The election took place the same day that ACI honored recipients of the organization's 2012 Airport Service Quality Awards. The awards recognized Tampa International Airport as the third best airport in North America behind Indianapolis and Ottawa.

Original article published June 12, 2013, by SRQ Daily.