Sarasota is a city on the west coast of Florida near Tampa and St. Petersburg. A beach city, Sarasota offers year-round sub-tropical temperatures. Travelers planning to vacation in the area have a choice of numerous airports located near the city. Three of them are located less than 40 miles from Sarasota, decreasing travel time to and from the airport and giving visitors more time to enjoy the warm weather during their vacation.
Sarasota Bradenton International Airport
The Sarasota Bradenton International Airport is located in the heart of Sarasota; it annually serves more than one million passengers with non-stop flights to 11 cities throughout the United States and Toronto, Canada. Delta, AirTran, JetBlue, US Airways and Air Canada provide non-stop flights into and out of the Sarasota Bradenton airport. Rental cars, taxis and limousine services are available at the airport, as well as shopping and dining. Short- and long-term parking is provided by the airport, and the departures and arrivals of flights can be tracked on the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport’s website.
Sarasota Bradenton International Airport 6000 Airport Circle Sarasota, FL 34243 941-359-2777 srq-airport.com
St. Petersburg Clearwater International Airport
Located in St. Petersburg, 36 miles from Sarasota, is the St. Petersburg Clearwater International Airport. It provides travelers with service to cities in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean islands. Airlines that operate out of the St. Petersburg Clearwater airport include Allegiant Air, Frontier, Vision Airlines, Locair, Sunwings Airlines and Transat Holidays; charter flights to the Florida Keys are operated by SeaCoast Airlines. Ground transportation at the airport is offered in the form of onsite rental car agencies, buses, taxis and limousine services; some local hotels provided courtesy shuttles to and from the airport. Short-term parking is available at a $14 per day maximum and long-term parking is available at a maximum rate of $11 per day, as of 2010. Kiosks selling food and drinks are available in the terminals, and a second-floor lounge features a full bar for travelers 21 and older.
St. Petersburg Clearwater International Airport 14700 Terminal Blvd. Clearwater, FL 33762 727-453-7800 Fly2pie.com
Tampa International Airport
The Tampa International Airport is the largest airport in the Sarasota area. Located 39 miles from the city of Sarasota, it features an onsite Marriott Hotel. Tampa International offers service on more than 20 airlines to cities all over the United States and the rest of the world. Shops, full bars and restaurants including Carrabba's and TGI Fridays are available, as well as Starbucks in each terminal and fast-food choices such as Burger King. CK’s Revolving Restaurant is located atop the Marriott Hotel; it features fine dining in a room that spins continuously for guests to view the airport grounds and downtown Tampa skyline. Shopping can be done at stores such as Bijoux Turner, Sunglass International and Ron Jon’s Surf Shop. Rental car companies such as Hertz, Budget and Avis are located on the premises as well as bus, taxi and limo service.
Tampa International Airport 4100 George J. Bean Parkway Tampa, FL 33607 813-870-8700 Tampaairport.com