Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport to replace passenger boarding bridges


11 April 2016

Getting on and off an aircraft at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (SRQ), FL, will likely become a cooler experience starting next year. Some 27 years after opening the terminal at SRQ, the Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority (SMAA) is planning to spend up to USD 12 million to replace an ageing set of original passenger boarding bridges (PBB). The SMAA board of commissioners recently took the first step toward swapping out SRQ’s 13 PBBs when it selected Aero Systems Engineering of Marietta, GA, to design and implement the replacement project. Replacing the PBBs could “play out over a multiyear time frame”, SRQ CEO, Fredrick Piccolo said. In addition to buying new bridges, the airport plans to triple the amount of electrical power serving the terminal’s gates. That extra electricity would be routed to new pre-conditioned air units that cool the interiors of aircraft at the gate as well as the bridges. Piccolo said that the smaller units on the current bridges have some trouble combating summer heat, adding that more power would also be available to run systems on board the aircraft while it was attached to a bridge.

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