Key West International Airport

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Key West International Airport
Key West International Airport Logo.jpg
Key west international airport.jpg
Aerial image, July 2009
WMO: 72201
Airport type Public
Owner Monroe County
Serves Key West, Florida
Elevation AMSL 3 ft / 1 m
Coordinates 24°33′22″N 081°45′34″W / 24.55611°N 81.75944°W / 24.55611; -81.75944Coordinates: 24°33′22″N 081°45′34″W / 24.55611°N 81.75944°W / 24.55611; -81.75944
EYW is located in Florida
Location of airport in Florida
Direction Length Surface
ft m
9/27 4,801 1,463 Asphalt
Statistics (2011)
Aircraft operations 62,293
Based aircraft 59

Key West International Airport (IATA: EYWICAO: KEYWFAA LID: EYW) is two miles east of Key West, in Monroe County, Florida.[1] The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems categorized it as a primary commercial service airport.[2]

Flights departing from EYW often have weight restrictions due to the short runway which is 4,801 feet (1,463 metres) long. Key West has one of the shorter runways in the U.S. that is used by airlines operating scheduled passenger jet service.


Key West's aviation history begins with a 1913 flight to Cuba by Augustin Parla. In 1928 Pan American Airways began scheduled flights from Key West.[3] Meacham Field was the primary runway for Key West. It was pressed into Army use after the Pearl Harbor bombing, and then later during World War II by the Navy as an adjunct runway to the Trumbo Point Seaplane Base and the main Naval Air Station for fixed-wing and lighter-than-air (i.e., blimp) aircraft on Boca Chica Key. After the war the city took over what became Key West Municipal Airport.[4] In January 1953 the city gave Monroe County clear title to Meacham Field, allowing the county to apply for CAA grants.[5] Around then the airport became Key West International Airport.

National Airlines began flights to Miami in the mid 1940s with Lockheed Lodestar twin prop aircraft,[6] although the airport didn't get a paved runway until around 1956. National served Key West for nearly 25 years and later operated Convair 340 and Convair 440 prop aircraft[7] as well as Lockheed L-188 Electra turboprops into the airport.[8] National began the first jet flights into Key West with Boeing 727-100 jetliners with nonstop service to Miami in 1968. In 1969, National was operating daily direct 727 jet service to Washington, D.C. (DCA), Philadelphia (PHL) and New York City (JFK) via intermediate stops in Miami (MIA), West Palm Beach (PBI) and Orlando (MCO).[9]

Several other airlines operated jet service into Key West as well over the years. In 1979, Air Florida was operating five nonstop flights a day to Miami with Boeing 737 jetliners.[10] In 1987, Eastern Airlines was operating daily mainline jet service nonstop to Miami.[11] By 1989, Piedmont Airlines was operating six nonstop flights a day to Miami with Fokker F28 Fellowship twin jets.[12] More recently, Southwest Airlines, following its acquisition of AirTran, operated Boeing 737-700 jet service into the airport which included nonstop flights between Key West and New Orleans, Orlando and Tampa. However, Southwest subsequently ceased all service into the airport.[13]


Departing Passenger Terminal at Key West
Conch Republic sign at the Key West International Airport

The airport covers 334 acres (135 ha) at an elevation of 3 feet (1 m). Its one runway, 9/27, is 4,801 by 100 feet (1,463 x 30 m) asphalt.[1]

The airport has two terminals designed by Mark Mosko/Dwane Stark of URS; Mosko also did work on the Baltimore/Washington International Airport. The older one opened in 1957 and now serves arriving passengers. The newer terminal opened in February 2009 and serves departing passengers. With an area of about 30,000 square feet (2,800 m2), it more than doubled the terminal size. Parking for 300 vehicles is at ground level beneath the newer terminal—150 spaces for rental cars and 150 for the public.[14]

In 2011 the airport had 62,293 aircraft operations, average 170 per day: 71% general aviation, 16% air taxi, 13% airline, and <1% military. 59 aircraft were then based at this airport: 61% single-engine, 37% multi-engine, and 2% helicopter.[1]

Passenger traffic[edit]

After the addition of a new terminal and the introduction of low-cost jet service operated by AirTran as well as mainline jet service flown by Delta, passenger traffic has increased since 2009.[15] In 2012 EYW handled 370,637 enplanements, an increase of 35,034 enplanements from 2011. Southwest Airlines then acquired AirTran and continued to operate flights from the airport with mainline jet aircraft before ceasing all service.[16]

Passenger boardings[17][18]
Year Passengers
2000 292,508
2001 261,809
2002 272,440
2003 299,193
2004 298,790
2005 314,075
2006 294,047
2007 270,781
2008 231,339
2009 234,322
2010 287,359
2011 335,603
2012 370,637
2013 403,786

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
American Eagle Miami
Delta Air Lines Atlanta
Seasonal: New York-LaGuardia[19]
Delta Connection Atlanta
Silver Airways[20] Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Orlando, St. Petersburg/Clearwater,[21] Tampa[22]
US Airways Express Seasonal: Charlotte, Washington-National

Delta Air Lines currently operates mainline jet service into the airport with Boeing 737-700 jetliners while their regional affiliate Delta Connection (operated by ExpressJet) operates Canadair CRJ-700 regional jets.[23] American Eagle and US Airways Express operate Embraer ERJ-145, ERJ-170 and ERJ-175 regional jets into Key West.[24] Silver Airways operates Saab 340B turboprops.[25]


Busiest domestic routes from EYW (October 2013 - September 2014)[26]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Atlanta, GA 134,000 Delta
2 Miami, FL 76,000 American
3 Tampa, FL 52,000 Silver
4 Charlotte, NC 23,000 US Airways
5 Fort Lauderdale, FL 21,000 Silver
6 Fort Myers, FL 9,000 Silver
7 Washington, DC 8,000 US Airways

Accidents and incidents[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for EYW (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective November 15, 2012.
  2. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. 
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  6. ^, Feb. 1945 National Airlines system timeyable
  7. ^, April 26, 1959 National Airlines system timetable
  8. ^, May 31, 1964 system timetable
  9. ^, July 15, 1969 National Airlines system timetable
  10. ^, Nov. 15, 1979 Official Airline Guide (OAG), Key West to Miami flight schedules
  11. ^, Aug. 31, 1987 Eastern Airlines system timetable
  12. ^, Dec. 15, 1989 Official Airline Guide (OAG), Key West to Miami flight schedules
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  14. ^ "New Terminal Opens at Key West International Airport". Florida Browser. Retrieved September 17, 2009. 
  15. ^ McCarthy, Ryan (December 21, 2011). "Key West airport gets a lift with new terminal, service". The Miami Herald. Retrieved December 21, 2011. 
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  22. ^ Silver Airways Increases Florida Flying with New Nonstop Service Between Key West and Orlando Starting June 12, 2014, Silver Airways PR, April 15, 2014, retrieved April 15, 2014
  23. ^, Flight Schedules
  24. ^, timetable
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  26. ^,%20FL:%20Key%20West%20International&carrier=FACTS
  27. ^ "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved September 8, 2009. 
  28. ^ "CU-T1192 Hijacking description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved June 21, 2001. 
  29. ^ "Cuba". DC3 history. Retrieved June 6, 2010. 
  30. ^ "Rick Hendrick crash". Accident Description. Retrieved January 23, 2012. 
  31. ^ "Accident Report". Accident Report. Retrieved January 23, 2012. 

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