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
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1]

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, 4,800 feet (1,463 metres) long.


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 flights started in the 1940s, though the airport didn't get a paved runway until around 1956. Jet flights started in 1968: National 727s to Miami.


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.[6]

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]

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.[7] 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[8]
Delta Connection Atlanta
Silver Airways Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Orlando ,[9] Tampa
US Airways Express Seasonal: Charlotte, Washington-National


Busiest domestic routes from EYW (May 2013 - April 2014)[10]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Atlanta, GA 131,000 Delta
2 Miami, FL 73,000 American
3 Tampa, FL 61,000 Silver, Southwest
4 Orlando, FL 39,000 Southwest
5 Charlotte, NC 23,000 US Airways
6 New Orleans, LA 23,000 Southwest
7 Fort Lauderdale, FL 18,000 Silver
7 Fort Myers, FL 13,000 Silver

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. ^ "New Terminal Opens at Key West International Airport". Florida Browser. Retrieved September 17, 2009. 
  7. ^ McCarthy, Ryan (December 21, 2011). "Key West airport gets a lift with new terminal, service". The Miami Herald. Retrieved December 21, 2011. 
  8. ^;_ylt=A2KJ3CS5mYFQ9FAA4MrQtDMD
  9. ^ 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
  10. ^,%20FL:%20Key%20West%20International&carrier=FACTS
  11. ^ "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved September 8, 2009. 
  12. ^ "CU-T1192 Hijacking description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved June 21, 2001. 
  13. ^ "Cuba". DC3 history. Retrieved June 6, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Rick Hendrick crash". Accident Description. Retrieved January 23, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Accident Report". Accident Report. Retrieved January 23, 2012. 

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