MANATEE -- Corporate jets and general aviation flights can now fly from Rectrix Aerodrome Center to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.
The Transportation Security Administration approved the aviation center to be a gateway fixed-base operator to allow the flights from Rectrix, based at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport to Reagan National.
The TSA approval is only for general and corporate aviation flights as part of a program to restore such service to Washington. Reagan National's commercial and corporate flights have been heavily restricted since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The DCA Access Standard Security Program, established in 2006, is a way to restore general aviation flights to Washington.
Rectrix is only the fourth Florida fixed base operator to receive approval as part of the program, and fewer than 80 across the country are part of the program.
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"We are pleased to now offer our customers the flexibility of direct travel to Washington, D.C., through Reagan National Airport, which has been heavily restricted since Sept. 11, 2001," said Richard Cawley, president and chief executive officer of Rectrix. "With the number of government contractors in the area, this added convenience will aid in the growth of business within our area."
Rectrix began the approval process in May and received approval Oct. 10.