The number of passengers traveling through Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) in the first eight months of 2021 was 2,034,538—which broke the all-time calendar year record of 2,010,304 set in 1990.
In the month of August, passenger traffic at the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport totaled 247,900. Compared to August 2020, passenger traffic was 327 percent higher than the Covid-19 impacted level of 58,115 passengers. Compared to August of 2019, passenger traffic was 83 percent higher than the pre-COVID-19 level of 135,467.
SRQ Airport, a debt-free airport, says the increased revenue collected from the high passenger traffic will allow it to continue lowering rates and charges for the airlines serving the airport. In the airport's proposed fiscal year 2022 budget, which will go to its board this month, the average cost per enplaned passenger, a measurement used by airlines to determine the cost to operate at an airport, will drop by 53 percent. Those lower operating costs will make the airport more competitive and encourage new and existing carriers to expand air service at SRQ.
"We are confident that SRQ will continue to grow and add additional service over the next year," Rick Piccolo, airport president and CEO, said in a press release. SRQ currently has 10 airlines providing nonstop service to 50 destinations and provides an annual economic impact of more than $1.3 billion to the community.