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Posted: Friday, October 26, 2012 9:32 pm | Updated: 9:54 pm, Fri Oct 26, 2012.

SARASOTA- Sunrise Airlines remains a vision now, but if it gets up and running, it will call Sarasota-Bradenton International its hub.

The founders of the airline are Longboat Key residents Steve and Hannah Miller. The two moved to the United States in 2011, after spending years in Hong Kong where they developed other airlines, like DragonAir.

"The main focus of this airline is for the convenience of the local passenger. We will be the hometown airline and the home team," Steve said.

Miller says it's possible to get the airline up and running within the next year. If all goes to plan, it would feature 8 non-stop flights in its first year out of SRQ. Those flights will depart to: Philadelphia, Baltimore, Chicago-Midway, Boston, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Newark and Indianapolis. Passengers will travel on Boeing 737's.

"We have researched all the destinations in detail," Steve said.

The Miller's say the fares will be comparable to those found when you fly in and out of Tampa, which is an airport that offers many more non-stop flights than Sarasota-Bradenton.

Rick Piccolo, the President of SRQ, has been speaking with the Miller's for several months about the new airline.

"For the airport, it would be wonderful. We are hopeful Mr. Miller can be successful. I think it would be great for the community and we think the market is ready for that and can support his service," said Piccolo.

Miller says that after three years of service, the airline will fly to a total of 24 domestic destinations and to several cities in Canada.

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