Key West International Airport

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Key West International Airport
Key West International Airport Logo.jpg
Key west international airport.jpg
Aerial view of Key West International Airport
Airport typePublic
OwnerMonroe County
OperatorMonroe County
ServesKey West, Florida
Elevation AMSL3 ft / 1 m
Coordinates24°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 / United States
EYW is located in the United States
EYW (the United States)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
9/27 5,076 1,547 Asphalt
Statistics (2011)
Aircraft operations62,293
Based aircraft59

Key West International Airport (IATA: EYW, ICAO: KEYW, FAA LID: EYW) is an international airport located in the City of Key West in Monroe County, Florida and 2 miles (3.2 km) east of the main commercial center of Key West.

Flights departing from EYW often have weight restrictions, because the airport's runway is only 5,076 feet (1,547 m) long.[2]


First scheduled service between Miami and Key West by National Airlines (February 10, 1944)

Key West's aviation history began in 1913 with a flight to Cuba by Augustin Parla. In 1928, Pan American Airways began scheduled flights from Key West.[3] The main runway at Meacham Field was pressed into U.S. Army use after the Pearl Harbor attack, and into U.S. Navy use later in World War II as an alternative 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 the title to Meacham Field, allowing the county to apply for Federal Aviation Administration grants.[5] Around the same time, the airport became Key West International Airport.

National Airlines began flights to Miami in 1944 with Lockheed Lodestar twin prop aircraft,[6] although the airport did not have 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] In 1968, National began the first jet flights into Key West with Boeing 727-100s, providing nonstop service to Miami. By 1969, National was operating daily 727 jet service direct to Washington National Airport, Philadelphia International Airport, and John F. Kennedy International Airport via intermediate stops in Miami, West Palm Beach, and Orlando.[9]

Several other airlines also began operating jet service into Key West. 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 Boeing 727-100 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] This F28 jet service was then continued by USAir following its acquisition of and merger with Piedmont.[13] More recently, Southwest Airlines, following its acquisition of AirTran, operated Boeing 737-700 jet service into the airport, including nonstop flights from New Orleans, Orlando, and Tampa. However, Southwest subsequently ceased all service to the airport.[14]

As of May 9, 2010, the flight schedule included commercial service on United Express, American Eagle, Delta Airlines, Delta Connection and, most notably, AirTran Airways. Some former routes to EYW in 2010 included Orlando and Tampa on AirTran Airways, and Fort Lauderdale and Tampa on United Express (although neither of these services was to a United Airlines hub).

The terminal as seen from the Atlantic Ocean

A number of commuter and regional airlines also served Key West with turboprop and prop aircraft during the 1980s and 1990s primarily with nonstop flights to Miami but also with nonstop service to Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Naples, Orlando and Tampa.[15] According to the Official Airline Guide (OAG), these air carriers included Air Florida Commuter, Airways International, American Eagle Airlines, Bar Harbor Airlines (operating Eastern Express code sharing service for Eastern Airlines), Cape Air, Comair (operating Delta Connection code sharing service for Delta Air Lines), Dolphin Airlines, Gulfstream International Airlines (operating independently and later as Continental Connection with code sharing services for Continental Airlines), Gull Air, Pan Am Express, Paradise Island Airlines (operating code sharing service for Carnival Air Lines), Pro Air Services, Provincetown-Boston Airlines (PBA), Southeast Airlines, Southern Express and USAir Express. Turboprop aircraft operated into the airport included the ATR-42, British Aerospace BAe Jetstream 31, Beechcraft 1900C, Beechcraft 1900D, Beechcraft C99, CASA 212 Aviocar, de Havilland Canada DHC-7 Dash 7, de Havilland Canada DHC-8 Dash 8, Embraer EMB-110 Bandeirante, Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia, Nord 262 and Saab 340. American Eagle later operated ATR-72 propjets into the airport before introducing regional jet service. Delta Connection subsequently introduced regional jet service as well. Piston engine twin prop aircraft flown by commuter air carriers serving Key West included the Cessna 402, Douglas DC-3, Martin 2-0-2, Martin 4-0-4 and Piper Navajo.

On July 15, 2017, Key West International Airport was awarded a grant of $6.5 million by the FAA to assist in a $10 million runway project. The project added 277 feet to the runway for takeoffs and landings as well as added 10 feet-wide shoulders paved on each side of the runway. Construction work began in January 2018 and all construction was done at night.[16]


Ticketing Hall

Key West International Airport covers 334 acres (135 ha) at an elevation of 3 feet (1 m). Its one runway, 9/27, is 5,076 by 100 feet (1,547 x 30 m) asphalt.[1]

The airport has two terminals designed by Mark Mosko and Dwane Stark of URS; Mosko also worked on Baltimore–Washington International Airport. The older ground-level terminal building opened in 1957 and now serves arriving passengers. The terminal was expanded with the addition of a second building elevated over the parking lot in February 2009. With an area of about 30,000 square feet (2,800 m2), it more than doubled the airport's terminal space. The newer building includes an elevated roadway and houses ticketing, check-in, and the airport's security checkpoint. The older building was then renovated with the former ticketing area becoming an expanded departure gate lounge, and the baggage claim area was then expanded into the former departure lounge. The two buildings are connected by an enclosed walkway.[17]

Parking for 300 vehicles is at ground level beneath the newer terminal—150 spaces for rental cars and 150 for the public.[18]

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

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Allegiant AirSeasonal: Cincinnati (begins June 9, 2021),[19] Nashville (begins June 2, 2021),[20] Orlando/Sanford (begins June 4, 2021),[21] Pittsburgh (begins June 3, 2021)[22]
American Airlines Charlotte (begins June 3, 2021), Dallas/Fort Worth
Seasonal: Chicago–O'Hare, Philadelphia[23]
American Eagle Charlotte, Miami
Seasonal: Boston, Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, New York–LaGuardia, Orlando, Philadelphia, Tampa, Washington–National
Delta Air Lines Atlanta
Delta Connection Atlanta
Seasonal: New York–LaGuardia[24]
JetBlue Boston, New York–JFK[25]
Silver AirwaysFort Lauderdale, Orlando, Tampa
United ExpressNewark[26]
Seasonal: Chicago–O'Hare,[27] Houston–Intercontinental, Washington–Dulles[28]

American Eagle operates E175 regional jets into Key West on behalf of American Airlines. On December 18, 2019, American began flying mainline Airbus A319 jetliners nonstop between Key West and Dallas/Fort Worth.[29] American also currently operates A319 jetliners nonstop between Key West and Chicago O'Hare Airport and Philadelphia[30]

Delta Air Lines currently operates mainline jet service into the airport with Airbus A319 jetliners. Key West's 5,076 foot runway is the shortest runway in North America used regularly by A319s.[31] Delta's regional affiliate, Delta Connection (operated by Endeavor Air), operates Canadair CRJ-700 regional jets. Delta currently operates daily flights to Atlanta with their seasonal nonstop service to New York being flown by the Delta Connection (operated by affiliate Republic Airways) with E170 regional jets on a weekly basis.

Silver Airways operates Saab 340B and ATR 42-600 aircraft.[32]

United Express currently operates E-170s for service to Newark, Chicago O'Hare, and Houston-Intercontinental. The Chicago O'Hare service operates daily for almost six months, spanning from December 20 to May 3, and then becomes a twice-weekly service for the remainder of the year. The Newark service operates daily for seven months, spanning from October 18 to May 3, and becomes a twice-weekly service for the remainder of the year. In November, the service to Chicago became daily year-round, and the Newark service became once or twice daily year-round in October.[citation needed]


Annual traffic[edit]

Key West's traffic was generally fairly stagnant to start the new millennium but gradually began increasing at the end of the 2000s with the addition of the new terminal and the introduction of low-cost jet service operated by AirTran, as well as mainline jet service by Delta.[33]

When Southwest acquired AirTran in 2011, it continued to operate flights from the airport, first under the AirTran brand and then under the Southwest brand with Boeing 737-700 jetliners.[34] Southwest Airlines ended service to Key West Airport in 2014.[34]

See source Wikidata query and sources.

Annual passenger traffic at EYW
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 402,842
2014 383,776
2015 362,108
2016 380,505
2017 392,381
2018 870,237
2019 969,069
A Preliminary data as of 30 July 2019.

Top destinations[edit]

Busiest domestic routes from EYW (November 2019 – October 2020)[38]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Atlanta, Georgia 99,000 Delta
2 Miami, Florida 52,000 American
3 Charlotte, North Carolina 52,000 American
4 Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 29,000 American
5 Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois 20,000 American, United
6 Newark, New Jersey 19,000 United
7 Tampa, Florida 18,000 American, Silver
8 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 13,000 Silver
9 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 12,000 American
10 Orlando, Florida 11,000 American, Silver

Accidents and incidents[edit]


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