On 12 February, Sarasota Airport celebrated with a special event at the gate the arrival of United Airlines’ second route, this time from New York Newark. The airline is also serving the Floridian airport with 15 weekly flights from Chicago O’Hare.
- United Airlines introduced its second route to Sarasota (SRQ) in Florida on 12 February, when it commenced daily seasonal flights from New York Newark (EWR). The 1,664-kilometre route will be operated until 5 May, using the airline’s 166-seat 737-800s. United is also flying to Sarasota with 15 weekly flights from Chicago O’Hare. The Star Alliance member will face no competition on its new addition. Sarasota is located on the southwest coast of Florida, to the south of Tampa and to the north of Fort Myers. The City of Sarasota’s slogan is ‘Where urban amenities meet small-town living’. According to Michael Brooks, Sales Manager for Central & North Florida, United Airlines, “This is exciting news for our customers in the Sarasota area and for thousands of potential new visitors to this vibrant Gulf Coast community. The Sarasota Bradenton International Airport and the community have provided strong support for our Chicago service and we look forward to a great partnership with these new flights to our New York/Newark gateway hub, from which we offer convenient connections to the Northeast, Canada, and Europe.” Mr Fredrick J. Piccolo, President and CEO at SRQ stated, “We are thrilled that United has decided to return Newark/New York service to our community. This commitment demonstrates that the Sarasota/Bradenton area is a strong market for our airline partners. The flights to the Newark Liberty hub will provide opportunities for connections to additional destinations, both domestically and internationally, and we look forward to exploring other opportunities for expansion in the future.” See how Sarasota Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.