In December 2021, 347,268 passengers traveled through Sarasota Bradenton International Airport, compared to 119,114 passengers in December 2020—an increase of 191.5 percent, which is the highest passenger month in the history of the airport.
Passengers traveling through the airport in 2021 totaled 3,163,543—is a 155.7 percent increase over 2020 and a 57 percent increase over the previous calendar year's record of 2,010,304 passengers.
The airport predicts the growth will continue in 2022. In the first four months of 2022, approximately 2 million airline seats available for purchase, a 42 percent increase over 2021. The airport welcomed a new airline, Avelo, with nonstop service to New Haven, Connecticut; in March, Allegiant will begin new nonstop service to Akron-Canton, Ohio and Appleton, Wisconsin. In total, SRQ has 11 airlines serving 53 nonstop destinations.
Additionally, in 2021 multiple projects were completed last year to accommodate the airport’s growth: an expansion of the screening checkpoint area; three new 100,000-gallon jet fuel storage tanks; expansion of the long-term parking lot; and the addition of remote parking lots. In 2022, plans include breaking ground on a new ground transportation facility; improved and expanded concessions; and a new ground-level terminal which will provide at least five additional gates for aircraft arrivals and departures.