Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) has held a ground-breaking ceremony to celebrate the beginning of its terminal expansion project. 

Connected to the east end of the ticket wing at the Florida airport, the new five-gate terminal will cover 75,300 sq ft.  The facility will include a four-lane security checkpoint and five boarding hold rooms with 970 seats. 

The new terminal will provide a variety of amenities and services for passengers, including a new bar, café, restaurant, and a marketplace in the double-height connector hall.  Pre- and post-security, travellers will find men’s, women’s and family restrooms, mother’s nursing rooms and pet relief areas. 

The $73m project will be paid for with federal, state, and airport authority funds.  The airport is not supported by any tax dollars.

“SRQ has seen an unprecedented increase in passenger traffic and demand, growing from six airlines and 12 non-stop destinations to 11 airlines serving 55 non-stop destinations, over the last five years.  This new facility will ease crowding and enable future expansion of airlines and destinations” said Rick Piccolo, president and CEO.

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