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Business Observer Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021 1 week ago

Passenger levels soar above pre-pandemic figures at airport

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The busy month kept SRQ on track to reach 3.2M by the end of the year.

October proved to be yet another busy month for the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport.

Passenger traffic was up 148% compared to the volume seen during the pandemic, but it was also well over pre-COVID-19 levels — by 72%. With 275,359 passengers last month, the airport, under the call letters SRQ, has seen 2,494,632 passengers in total this year. SRQ is well on its way to the expected 3.2 million total passengers by the end of December, according to a statement. 

The busy month came as SRQ announced Avelo Airlines as its 11th service provider. That service, set to begin January 13, 2022, will take passengers to New Haven, Connecticut, and will operate Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. 

As the airport continues to have a record year, next year looks promising as well. SRQ has already seen a 52% uptick in seats for the first three months of 2022 compared to this year, the release states. 

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