Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Service to Key West Lasted Just 4 Months

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Service to Key West Lasted Just 4 Months

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AIRPORT CARRIERS

A small airline that promised to deliver highly coveted service between Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport and Key West didn't last very long.

Raven Air began flying its five-passenger Aztec aircraft out of Sarasota-Bradenton in January, but it quietly stopped the flights in mid-May.

Airport officials had big hopes for the three-days-a-week service, which flew 124 passengers during its four months of service through Sarasota-Bradenton.

"It was disappointing because the market was there," airport CEO Rick Piccolo said Wednesday. "It seems to have good demand, and we're hoping in the future to see it reinstated."

The announcement of the service last December drew more views on the airport's Facebook page than any other posts, Piccolo said, reflecting its potential popularity. …

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