United to begin flights between Chicago and Sarasota

By Michael Garko, In Airline News

Just one month after AirTran announced it would be discontinuing all service to Sarasota-Bradenton, passengers using the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport will still be able to fly to Chicago non-stop on a new carrier.

Photo by United Airlines

United Airlines announced Monday that it will begin flights to Sarasota-Bradenton from its hub at Chicago-O’hare starting Nov. 4.  Flights will be on 154-seat Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

“This new route complements United’s existing service between Chicago and eight other cities in Florida,” said Martin Kammerman, United’s senior manager of new markets and analysis in the announcement.

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AirTran Airways announced in January that it would be discontinuing all flights from Sarasota-Bradenton, including service to Chicago-Midway.  AirTran’s service to Midway ends August 12.

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