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For Immediate Release                                                                                    Monday, February 27, 2012

Sarasota/Manatee Distribution

PRESS RELEASE

 

SARASOTA MANATEE AIRPORT AUTHORITY ANNOUNCES NEW UNITED AIRLINES FLIGHTS FROM CHICAGO, O’HARE TO SRQ

The Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority is pleased to announce that United Airlines will commence service to Sarasota Bradenton International (SRQ) effective November 4, 2012.  United will initiate daily non-stop service between SRQ and Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) using Boeing 737-800 aircraft with 154 seats, 16 in First Class, 48 in Economy Plus and 90 in Economy.  Chicago offers connections to more than 150 United destinations, as well as connections to additional cities in the Star Alliance network.

 

Mr. Martin Kammerman, United’s Senior Manager New Markets Analysis stated “United is excited to be serving the vibrant Sarasota Bradenton destination from Chicago O’Hare.  Our analysis showed a compelling case for service to SRQ that we believe will be highly successful.  We’ll closely monitor the success of the new route and will consider additional service based on market demand.”

Mr. Fredrick Piccolo, SRQ President, CEO stated, “We are thrilled that United has decided to return to our community.  This is the second new service announcement in two weeks and demonstrates that many carriers recognize that the Sarasota/Bradenton area is a strong market for our airline partners.  The service to Chicago O’Hare provides a great upgrade of connections both domestically and internationally, and we are excited about future expansion opportunities.”

SRQ Board Chairman Carlos Beruff commented, “We could not be more pleased with the United Airlines decision.  Our staff has been working extremely hard to enhance our airline service and it is clear that their efforts are paying dividends.  It is great to welcome United back to SRQ.”

 

ORD TO SRQ: SRQ TO ORD:

Depart - Arrive                                                         Depart – Arrive

8:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.                                         1:20 p.m. – 3:10 p.m.

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For Further Information Contact:

Fredrick J. Piccolo, President, CEO, (SRQ)

Tel. (941) 359-5200 ext. 4200

 

Michael Walley, Director, Development and Community Relations, (SRQ)

Tel. Cell (941) 726-9400 Office (941) 359-5200 ext. 4217

 

United-Continental Holdings, Inc.

Worldwide Media Relations

Tel. (312) 997-8640

Media.relations@united.com

www.united.com

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