Key West International Airport

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Key West International Airport
Key West International Airport Logo.jpg
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 the airport in Florida
Direction Length Surface
ft m
9/27 4,801 1,463 Asphalt
Statistics (2006)
Aircraft operations 94,408
Based aircraft 43
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1]

Key West International Airport (IATA: EYWICAO: KEYWFAA LID: EYW) is a county-owned public airport two miles (3 km) east of Key West, in Monroe County, Florida.[1]

Flights departing from EYW often have weight restrictions due to the short runway, which is only 4800 feet.


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.[2] 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.[3] In January 1953 the city gave Monroe County clear title to Meacham Field, allowing the county to apply for CAA grants.[4] Around then the airport became Key West International Airport.

Jet flights started in 1968: National 727s to Miami.

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

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

Key West International Airport covers 255 acres (103 ha) and has one asphalt runway (9/27) 4,801 x 100 ft (1,463 x 30 m). In 2006 the airport had 94,408 aircraft operations, average 258 per day: 51% general aviation, 29% air taxi, 14% military and 6% scheduled airline. 60 aircraft are based at EYW, 39 single engine and 21 multi-engine.

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.[5]

Passenger traffic[edit]

Traffic had decreased since the banner year of 2005 with 618,174 passengers, with 563,947 in 2006, 538,066 in 2007 and 453,006 in 2008. After the addition of the new terminal and low-cost airline AirTran, and later Delta, traffic has increased since 2009.[6] In 2012 EYW handled 370,637 enplanements, an increase of 35,034 enplanements from 2011.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
American Eagle Miami
Delta Air Lines Atlanta
Seasonal: New York-LaGuardia[7]
Delta Connection Atlanta
Silver Airways Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Orlando (begins June 12, 2014)[8], Tampa
Southwest Airlines New Orleans, Orlando, Tampa (all ending June 7, 2014)[9]
US Airways Express Seasonal: Charlotte, Washington-National


Busiest Domestic Routes from EYW (October 2011 - September 2012)[10]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Atlanta, GA 111,000 Delta
2 Miami, FL 100,000 American
3 Tampa, FL 55,000 Southwest, Silver
4 Orlando, FL 34,000 Southwest
5 Charlotte, NC 26,000 US Airways
6 Fort Lauderdale, FL 20,000 Silver
7 Fort Myers, FL 12,000 Cape Air, Silver

Accidents and incidents[edit]


  1. ^ a b FAA Airport Master Record for EYW (Form 5010 PDF), effective 17 September 2009
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  5. ^ "New Terminal Opens At Key West International Airport". Florida Browser. Retrieved 17 September 2009. 
  6. ^ McCarthy, Ryan (December 21, 2011). "Key West airport gets a lift with new terminal, service". The Miami Herald. Retrieved December 21, 2011. 
  7. ^;_ylt=A2KJ3CS5mYFQ9FAA4MrQtDMD
  8. ^ 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 2014-04-15
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  10. ^,%20FL:%20Key%20West%20International&carrier=FACTS
  11. ^ "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 8 September 2009. 
  12. ^ "CU-T1192 Hijacking description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 21 June 2001. 
  13. ^ "Cuba". DC3 history. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  14. ^ "Rick Hendrick crash". Accident Description. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  15. ^ "Accident Report". Accident Report. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 

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