SRQ prepares for new nonstop service from Dallas

For the first time ever, the trip between Dallas and sunny Sarasota will require just one flight.

Starting in December, Dallas and Sarasota will be connected by a single flight for the first time.

American Airlines new nonstop service from its hub at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) begins Dec. 19, meaning a much more convenient journey from Texas to Sarasota, and vice versa. Airport officials anticipate daily, but seasonal flights on an aircraft capable of carrying 70 passengers straight into SRQ airport without any connecting flights or extra car miles.

American Airlines

American Airlines offers nearly 6,700 flights daily to 350 destinations in 50 countries according to their website. The Texas-based company partners with American Eagle, a network of 9 regional carriers which operates flights to destinations in the U.S., Canada, the Caribbean, and Mexico.

Welcome to the Gulf Coast Destinations of Sarasota County and Bradenton Area.  

From the moment you land on the tarmac, you'll know you've come to one of the world's most beautiful places. The airport's award-winning staff will ensure that your trip is off to an enjoyable and easy start. Feel at ease, knowing that Sarasota Bradenton International Airport was named the 2014 Commercial Service Airport of the Year, by the Florida Department of Transportation. Learn More about the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport.

Whether traveling north or south from the airport, make the most of your stay by paying a visit to one of the destinations conveniently located visitor centers. When in Bradenton Area, visit the Bradenton Gulf Islands Visitor Centers on Longboat Key, Anna Maria Island, and Downtown Bradenton. In Sarasota County, you'll find two locations to serve you; the convenient downtown Sarasota location at 1945 Fruitville Road and the Mall at University Town Center. Visitor Centers in both Counties offer information about where to stay and dine as well as the wealth of activities available to visitors. However long you plan to stay, the list of activities on Florida's Gulf Coast are endless. 

Beaching it up on our Best Beaches

A trip to the coveted beaches of Siesta Key and Anna Maria Island is an absolute must. These beaches regularly receive mentions and awards as two of the best in the world. Your feet will enjoy the cool quartz-crystal sands of Siesta Beach. The calm, cozy feel of Anna Maria Island provides a tranquil setting. Don't miss the exciting shark tooth hunting on Venice Beach. Perhaps you'll find a treasured prehistoric shark tooth.  The complete package of beauty and endless things to do make these beaches the perfect Oceanside getaway -- you may even want to book your next trip before you leave!

All things arts

Known for cultural amenities to rival many larger destinations, Sarasota County and Bradenton Area are home to numerous artist colonies, performing arts venues and celebrated festivals. Even the most casual of observers will find the cultural scene impressive.

The Village of the Arts in Bradenton is a charming collection of bungalows housing a vibrant community of local artists whose work is open to the public through monthly events. Beyond just the village, find in Bradenton a collection of visual art installations along the area's Riverwalk, and even at the transit station. Catch a live performance at one of the area's theatrical venues. The Sarasota Opera HouseAsolo Repertory TheatreFlorida Studio Theatre, the Historic Asolo at The Ringling, and the Van Wezel combine to offer literally hundreds of shows -- from traveling international performances of Broadway hits and red hot musicians to elegant ballet, orchestral, and operatic arrangements to our very own local professional troupes.

A million ways to stay

Book your trip today. Sarasota County and Bradenton Area offer rental properties including hotels, motels, bed & breakfasts, condos, cottages, resorts, and more. With new hotels quickly being added, the options are nearly endless! Enjoy plenty of options near Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport:

Need further information?

Order a free copy of Visit Sarasota County's Visitor Guide, or visit us at
Get a guide of the Bradenton Gulf Islands Visitors Guide, and visit