Grand Rapids travelers are welcoming a new option today.

Gerald R. Ford International Airport and Allegiant Air have announced new direct flights from Grand Rapids to Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) beginning April 5, 2019.

The new year-round flights will operate twice weekly.

Allegiant is offering limited one-way fares for travel by Aug. 13, 2019, on the new route as low as $55 if purchased by Nov. 14.

Gerald R. Ford International Airport is growing quickly. Through September, the airport was on pace for 3 million passengers in 2018 and had already surpassed its annual totals reached in all years through 2014 with 2,432,413 passengers.

Before today's announcement, Gerald R. Ford International Airport had 120 daily nonstop flights to 26 destinations through six airlines.