MIAMI – Southwest Airlines (WN) has announced it will start flying from Sarasota-Bradenton Airport (SRQ) to four destinations on February 14, local newspaper Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported on December 10.

The low-cost carrier will have services from SRQ to Houston Hobby (HOU), Baltimore (BWI), Chicago Midway (MDW), and Nashville (BNA), starting in February, with three extra destinations starting in March: Columbus (CMH), Indianapolis (IND), and Pittsburgh (PIT), flying on Saturdays only from March 13 to April 10.

SRQ president and CEO Rick Piccolo¬†told the newspaper that “it’s exciting to see Southwest Airlines adding new service at SRQ,” adding that “with seven destinations now being offered, the community will have more choices when making their travel plans.”

Sarasota-Bradenton Airport. Photo: Wiki Commons

Recovering “Much more Quickly”

Piccolo also stated that “it is our hope that the community and visitors will embrace the new service and take advantage of the low fares, travel flexibility and free checked bag policy that Southwest provides to their customers.”

The airport, like the rest of the travel industry, has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, traffic at SRQ has been improving.

“In October, traffic hit 69 percent of what it was in 2019. Piccolo said the airport is recovering much more quickly than others across the country,” the newspaper stated.

Featured image: Southwest Boeing 737-700NG during landing. Photo: Southwest