The Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) is now the fastest-growing commercial airport in the state of Florida and, as such, has been named Florida’s Airport of the Year by the Florida Department of Transportation.
According to ABC7, SRQ has seen massive growth over the past four years, from six airlines and 12 nonstop destinations to 11 airlines and 53 nonstop destinations.
In 2021, the airport experienced a 155.7 percent increase in passengers over 2020 and a 61 percent increase over 2019. According to ABC7, SRQ processed 3.1 million passengers in 2021.
ABC7 reports more than $200 million in construction projects have been approved, including a new five-gate passenger terminal, a new Customs facility for general aviation, a revamped cell-phone parking lot, and an updated baggage handling system.
“This award acknowledges the outstanding efforts of our employees, contractors and concessionaires, as well as the strong support from our governing board,” said Rick Piccolo, the airport’s president and CEO, in a statement reported by ABC7. “Their enthusiasm and commitment help improve the travel experience for our passengers and the desirability of SRQ as the airport of choice.”