Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) leadership says the airport is beginning to see signs of recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic as airlines return flights and passengers to the airport. The news comes as the airport continues to adhere to CDC guidelines for social distancing and sanitation, including increased janitorial staffing, plastic shields, hand sanitizer stations, social distance markers, and face covering requirements for all airport employees.
Here's a rundown of new and returning flights:
JetBlue will add nonstop service to Newark, NJ (EWR) starting Aug. 6, a destination not previously served from SRQ by JetBlue. The flights will be in addition to the airline's nonstop service to New York’s John F. Kennedy (JFK) airport and seasonal service to Boston (BOS).
American Airlines will add nonstop flights to New York’s LaGuardia (LGA) airport starting July 11, a route not previously served by American Airlines at SRQ. American also plans to bring back service to Philadelphia (PHL) on July 3, as well as Dallas/Ft. Worth (DFW) and Washington D.C. (DCA) on July 7.
Frontier Airlines recently announced new nonstop flights to Chicago O’Hare (ORD), a new destination for the airline from SRQ. Last summer, Frontier served only one destination from Sarasota; this summer, the airline will provide nonstop service to Cleveland (CLE), Philadelphia (PHL), Cincinnati (CVG) and Chicago (ORD).
Delta Air Lines, SRQ’s largest carrier for business travelers, added a third daily flight to Atlanta (ATL) on June 11 and will add a fourth daily flight beginning July 2.
United Airlines will continue to provide service to Chicago O’Hare (ORD).
Allegiant, SRQ’s largest low-cost-carrier, will continue to provide a minimum of twice-weekly service to 13 destinations including Baltimore (BWI), Cincinnati (CVG), Cleveland (CLE), St. Louis (BLV), Grand Rapids (GRR), Knoxville (TYS), Richmond (RIC), Asheville (AVL), Pittsburgh (PIT), Indianapolis (IND), Harrisburg (MDT), Columbus (LCK), and Syracuse (SYR). Allegiant also plans to return service to six additional destinations in August including Allentown (ABE), Nashville (BNA), Des Moines (DSM), Flint (FNT), Fort Wayne (FWA) and Rockford (RFD).