Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, located at 6000 Airport Circle, Sarasota, Florida, is located in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. It is owned by the Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority, and is three miles north of Sarasota and six miles south of Bradenton.
The airport’s early days began in 1939 when business leaders and government from the surrounding counties agreed to co-construct an airport. The project involved a 620-acre site on the Sarasota-Manatee County line. In May 1941 a resolution named the new facility the Sarasota Bradenton Airport. The Airport Authority leased the land to the Army Air Corps in 1942 as a fighter pilot training base and it was during WWII that the federal government upgraded the airport and added another 250 acres.
Over the years a new terminal was built, a parallel taxiway and runway was completed in 1963, a runway was extended to 7,001 feet in the early 1970s and the main runway was extended for 9,500 feet in 2002, better radar detection equipment installed, a shade hangar added along with a new security/safety building and there was a new entrance built from U.S. 301.
Commercial jet service started in early 1940, but jet service did not arrive until 1965, courtesy of National Airlines. Eastern Airlines started offering service in 1961. The word international was not added to the airport name until November 1992 when U.S. Customs gave a nod of approval to the airport as having “Port of Entry” status.
Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport is home base to 7 airlines:
The Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport also offers nine rental car brands inside the terminal where passengers may find a suitable vehicle to continue on with their journey:
- Dollar Rent A Car
- Budget Car Rental
- Enterprise Rent-A-Car
- Thrifty Car Rental
This airport terminal, despite being a very busy, offers travelers a cool ambiance, complete with floor to ceiling tropical fish tanks, a calming spot to rest while waiting to board or meeting friends. As with most international airports, the activity is non-stop around-the-clock with people coming and going, meeting and greeting, checking in and checking out. People are in a rush to get to security before they board the plane and if they are running late, they may run the risk of being involved in a slip and fall accident.
Causes of slip and fall injuries at airports:
- On-site construction
- Damp surfaces
- Polished or oily surfaces
- Discarded food
- Spilled drinks
- Environmental hazards such as snow, ice, freezing rain
- Uneven rugs or area matting
- Surfaces with variable traction areas
- Bad lighting or no lighting
- Scattered clutter such as child’s toys, dog kennels, carry-on luggage
- Bunched up carpeting
- Exposed cables
- Uneven steps, thresholds
Common possible injuries resulting from slip and fall accidents include:
- Back injuries
- Slipped discs
- Fractured discs
- Fractured ribs
- Fractured pelvis
- Fractured arms, legs, elbows, ankles and wrists
- Head trauma
- Open wounds
- Skull fractures
- Hip fractures
One or more of the above injuries could occur at the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport. Compensation for an injury includes the following:
- Incidental expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Future medical expenses
- Current medical costs
If an accident resulting in injury would be caused by something or someone else, it is possible to file a personal injury lawsuit. The key element in a slip and fall accident claim is the determination of liability. To show that the property owner was liable for any injuries, proof of negligence is necessary.
The slip and fall attorneys at Chalik & Chalik look at slip and fall accidents. Call Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers at 855-529-0269 for a free consultation with a lawyer.
To speak directly to a slip and fall injury lawyer, contact Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers at their Sarasota location:
1990 Main St. Suite 750
Sarasota, FL 34236