Key West International Airport
|Key West International Airport|
Aerial image, July 2009
|IATA: EYW – ICAO: KEYW – FAA LID: EYW
– WMO: 72201
|Serves||Key West, Florida|
|Elevation AMSL||3 ft / 1 m|
Key West International Airport (IATA: EYW, ICAO: KEYW, FAA LID: EYW) is two miles east of Key West, in Monroe County, Florida. The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems categorized it as a primary commercial service airport.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
After the addition of the new terminal, the introduction of 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
|Delta Air Lines||Atlanta
Seasonal: New York-LaGuardia
|Silver Airways||Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Orlando, St. Petersburg/Clearwater (begins March 12, 2015), Tampa|
|US Airways Express||Seasonal: Charlotte, Washington-National|
|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
- 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). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective November 15, 2012.
- "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010.
- "New Terminal Opens at Key West International Airport". Florida Browser. Retrieved September 17, 2009.
- McCarthy, Ryan (December 21, 2011). "Key West airport gets a lift with new terminal, service". The Miami Herald. Retrieved December 21, 2011.
- 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
- "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved September 8, 2009.
- "CU-T1192 Hijacking description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved June 21, 2001.
- "Cuba". DC3 history. Retrieved June 6, 2010.
- "Rick Hendrick crash". Accident Description. Retrieved January 23, 2012.
- "Accident Report". Accident Report. NJ.com. Retrieved January 23, 2012.
- Key West International Airport page at Monroe County website
- Aerial image as of February 1999 from USGS The National Map
- PDF brochure from CFASPP
- (PDF), effective February 5, 2015
- FAA Terminal Procedures for EYW, effective February 5, 2015
- Resources for this airport: