DOT gives US Airways Sarasota green light

US Airways has been awarded authority by the US Department of Transportation to begin nonstop, year-round service between Sarasota-Bradenton, Fla. and Washington, D.C. The airline will operate one daily roundtrip flight. More information regarding the start of service and the flight schedule will issued at a later date.

“We applaud the DOT for approving our application to provide service between Sarasota-Bradenton and Washington D.C. and for recognizing the overwhelming support for this service put forth by community and civic leaders,” said C.A. Howlett, senior vice president of public affairs for the airline. “This service is designed to increase competition and give customers more choices in air travel. Consumers who today drive to Ft. Myers or Tampa for flights to Washington, D.C. now have a much more convenient air travel option.”