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Punta Gorda airport edges SRQ in new ranking

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PUNTA GORDA, FL (WWSB) - In a new report listing the busiest airports in Florida for 2017, Punta Gorda Airport (PDG) ranked No. 11, edging out Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) which ranked No. 12.

The report from the U.S. Department of Transportation shows just over 1.29 million arriving and departing passengers at PGD in 2017, up 15.65 percent from 2016.

SRQ reported 1.16 million passengers in 2017, according to the summary of 21 state airports.

Kaley Miller, Marketing and Communications Manager with the airport says this is the fourth year of growth for PGD.

“PGD has been one of the fastest-growing airports in the U.S. over the last four years,” Miller said.

SRQ experienced a decrease in 2017 mostly due to Hurricane Irma, according to Fredrick Piccolo, accredited airport executive for Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport.

“SRQ lost dozens of flights over four to five days due to the storm and then Delta reduced service for two months because demand was depressed some in the aftermath of the storm,” said Piccolo.

Punta Gorda Airport has three runways on 1,819 acres of land, according to Miller. It hosts 24 aviation-related businesses, 12 non-aviation-related businesses and around 400 in-base aircraft. They range from small, two-seat general aviation aircraft to 186-seat Airbus airliners.

Allegiant, the airports primary airline partner, has steadily increased as it expands route offerings, said Krysta Levy of Allegiant Media Relations.

“Allegiant flights have grown in popularity as more and more travelers learn they can hop on a low-cost, nonstop flight to Southwest Florida — a location many are already traveling to via connections on the more expensive carriers.”

Punta Gorda Airport is a public airport, three miles southeast of Punta Gorda at 28000 Airport Road. It is owned by the Charlotte County Airport Authority and was formerly called Charlotte County Airport.

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