Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport
The Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport is located in the beautiful state of Florida. It operates under the international airport code of SRQ and it is owned and managed by the Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority. The airport primarily serves the county of Sarasota, the county of Manatee, and the surrounding communities.
History of the Sarasota Airport
SRQ’s history dates back to 1939 at which time the decision to build an airport on a 620 acre site was officially made. The Sarasota Manatee Joint Airport Authority was established in 1941 and the name of the airport was also decided upon that very same year. Construction of the airfield was completed in 1942 and cost the company approximately $1 million. During World War II, the airport was improved with an addition of 250 acres to the lot. The airport started to provide general aviation services at some time during the 1950s and 1959 saw the official opening of a new terminal at the airport. During 1965, the airport began to provide jet service to the region and in the 1970s, major airport additions and improvements were undertaken, including radar services, shade hangars, a security building and new terminal facilities. The year 1992 marked an important time in the history of the airport as it gained international status for the first time, which was reflected in its name.
Today, SRQ has one major terminal building, which features numerous check-in desks, a number of gates and baggage services. Customers will find a beautiful waterfall, an aquarium, and distinct artwork welcoming them to the terminal building. There are even 2 animal relief areas located close to the terminal.
SRQ is committed to providing the ultimate customer experience. For transportation options, the airport offers all customers twenty minutes of parking at no cost, shuttle service from the long stay parking lot to the the terminal at no charge, bus shelters, car rental services, taxi services and even prearranged limousine services. While in the airport, customers have access to free Wi-Fi, ATM machines, massage chairs, restaurant and dining options, retail shopping options and numerous waiting areas located throughout the airport. SRQ also provides customers with free electrical outlets and conveniently placed flight tracking screens.
SRQ covers an area of approximately 1,100 acres and is equipped with two asphalt surfaced runways, taxiways, and an FAA control tower. The first runway is 5,004 feet long and is predominantly for general aviation aircraft use. The second runway is 9,500 feet long and is mainly utilized by commercial jets and other types of aircrafts. To get around the airfield, there is a connector road and a perimeter road that provides easy access to permitted vehicles only.
SRQ provides passengers with a variety of parking options. The airport has a total of 1,450 parking spots consisting of short stay, 816 long stay and 44 disabled spaces. In addition, the airport has also allocated 257 spots to car rental companies and 300 spots to their employees.
SRQ is dedicated to the minimization of aircraft noise to the surrounding communities and has a noise abatement program in place. The program specifies allowable departure times and training times. Additionally, the airport strictly follows a Noise Monitoring and Flight Tracking System to ensure that it meets specified noise standards.
SRQ is committed to the safety and security of its passengers and strictly adheres to federal rules and regulations. The airport maintains a security access control and surveillance system and monitors and reviews compliance with all rules set forth by the FAA.
SRQ is a busy airport and serviced more than 1.3 million passengers and over 99,800 aircraft operations in 2011.