Key West International Airport
|Key West International Airport|
|IATA: EYW – ICAO: KEYW – FAA LID: EYW|
|Serves||Key West, Florida|
|Elevation AMSL||3 ft / 1 m|
|Source: Federal Aviation Administration|
Flights departing from EYW often have weight restrictions due to the short runway; the 4800-ft runway is likely the shortest one in the 48 states ever to get "big jet" flights (737/DC-9 or larger).
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. 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. In January 1953 the city gave Monroe County clear title to Meacham Field, allowing the county to apply for CAA grants. Around then the airport became Key West International Airport.
Jet flights started in 1968: National 727s to Miami.
Facilities and aircraft
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.
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. In 2012 EYW handled 370,637 enplanements, an increase of 35,034 enplanements from 2011.
Airlines and destinations
operated by Envoy
|Delta Air Lines||Atlanta
Seasonal: New York-LaGuardia
|Silver Airways||Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Tampa|
|Southwest Airlines||New Orleans, Orlando, Tampa (all ending June 7, 2014)|
|US Airways Express
operated by Republic Airlines
|Seasonal: Charlotte, Washington-National|
|3||Tampa, FL||55,000||Southwest, Silver|
|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
- On April 25, 1959, a Vickers Viscount of Cubana de Aviación was hijacked on a flight from Varadero to Havana. The aircraft landed at Key West.
- On March 19, 2003, Aerotaxi Flight 882 operated by Douglas DC-3C CU-T1192 was hijacked on a flight from Rafael Cabrera Airport, Nueva Gerona, Cuba to José Martí International Airport, Havana, Cuba. The six hijackers were detained upon the plane's landing at Key West.
- On October 31, 2011 a Gulfstream G150 with NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick ran off the end of Runway 9 after experiencing a loss in braking action upon landing in Key West. The jet, owned by NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson, suffered nose gear damage.
- On November 2, 2011, a Cessna Citation crash landed in Key West. The flight, which originated in Fort Lauderdale, had a brake failure upon landing in Key West. Two pilots were on board along with two passengers. Only minor injuries were reported. The aircraft was stopped by the airport's newly installed EMAS system.
- FAA Airport Master Record for EYW ( PDF), effective 17 September 2009
- "New Terminal Opens At Key West International Airport". Florida Browser. Retrieved 17 September 2009.
- McCarthy, Ryan (December 21, 2011). "Key West airport gets a lift with new terminal, service". The Miami Herald. Retrieved December 21, 2011.
- "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 8 September 2009.
- "CU-T1192 Hijacking description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 21 June 2001.
- "Cuba". DC3 history. Retrieved 6 June 2010.
- "Rick Hendrick crash". Accident Description. Retrieved 23 January 2012.
- "Accident Report". Accident Report. NJ.com. Retrieved 23 January 2012.
- Key West International Airport page at Monroe County website
- PDF brochure from CFASPP
- (PDF), effective March 6, 2014
- FAA Terminal Procedures for EYW, effective March 6, 2014
- Resources for this airport: