|Quoting TOLtommy (Reply 2):|
Snowbirds will pay extra to fly directly into SRQ in the winter. There just are not enough of them to keep the service year round.
False. Airlines were thinking that way by not looking at the changing demographics of Florida and Sarasota/Bradenton in particular. There is still a large seasonal population, but that has grown as well as the year round population growing even more. SRQ
has had a huge build up of housing in the last 15 years, and it is only now subsiding due to the stagnant housing market. Many of these new communities are "own only" where you can't rent it out. And that leads to a good number of people living year round, or visiting year round. And we aren't talking trailer parks like it used to be, we are talking houses from $250k to $2 million, and condos in the harbor area that are $1 million plus. Pricey enough to attract pax to SRQ
, but not so pricey that they would own their own private jets...
For an example of a seasonal community that has become more year round, look at Fort Myers. And they've been able to sustain more frequent and less seasonal flights because of this. Look at Palm Beach. Used to be seasonal for PBI
, but more and more people are living in Boca, Palm Beach, etc. year round.
may be hot in the summer, but it still has good golf, fishing and beaches, and in the USA, the concept of going on holiday to Florida and Hawaii only in the winter is a thing of the past.
Expect service to continue to grow at SRQ
Used to be high, now they have realized they were only preventing airlines from serving them. That was part of the problem.
Now I'm seeing consistently equal or lower fares into SRQ
than into TPA
, instead of the other way around. AA
really needs to open up SRQ
Of all the things to worry about... the Wookie has no pants.