SRQ is the airport code for the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport. Typically, most codes represent the letters of the city, for example, TPA is Tampa. But, what's up with the 'Q' in SRQ? SRA was already taken, so Q was selected as placeholder. That's the case with other airports including Los Angeles --- LAX. SRQ caught on in Sarasota and many people here just refer to the area as SRQ. There's even a popular magazine here called SRQ.