Key West International Airport
|Key West International Airport|
|IATA: EYW – ICAO: KEYW – FAA LID: EYW
– WMO: 72201
|Serves||Key West, Florida|
|Elevation AMSL||3 ft / 1 m|
Flights departing from EYW often have weight restrictions due to the short runway which is 4,801 feet (1,463 metres) long. Key West has one of the shorter runways in the U.S. that is used by airlines operating scheduled passenger jet service.
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 began flights to Miami in the mid 1940s with Lockheed Lodestar twin prop aircraft, although the airport didn't get a paved runway until around 1956. National served Key West for nearly 25 years and later operated Convair 340 and Convair 440 prop aircraft as well as Lockheed L-188 Electra turboprops into the airport. National began the first jet flights into Key West with Boeing 727-100 jetliners with nonstop service to Miami in 1968. In 1969, National was operating daily direct 727 jet service to Washington, D.C. (DCA), Philadelphia (PHL) and New York City (JFK) via intermediate stops in Miami (MIA), West Palm Beach (PBI) and Orlando (MCO).
Several other airlines operated jet service into Key West as well over the years. In 1979, Air Florida was operating five nonstop flights a day to Miami with Boeing 737 jetliners. In 1987, Eastern Airlines was operating daily mainline jet service nonstop to Miami. By 1989, Piedmont Airlines was operating six nonstop flights a day to Miami with Fokker F28 Fellowship twin jets. More recently, Southwest Airlines, following its acquisition of AirTran, operated Boeing 737-700 jet service into the airport which included nonstop flights between Key West and New Orleans, Orlando and Tampa. However, Southwest subsequently ceased all service into the airport.
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 a new terminal and the introduction of low-cost jet service operated by AirTran as well as mainline jet service flown by Delta, passenger traffic has increased since 2009. In 2012 EYW handled 370,637 enplanements, an increase of 35,034 enplanements from 2011. Southwest Airlines then acquired AirTran and continued to operate flights from the airport with mainline jet aircraft before ceasing all service.
Airlines and destinations
|American Eagle||Miami, Washington-National
|Delta Air Lines||Atlanta|
|Gulf Coast Airways||Naples |
|Raven Air||Marco Island, Punta Gorda, Sarasota-Bradenton|
|Silver Airways||Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Orlando, Tampa|
Delta Air Lines currently operates mainline jet service into the airport with Boeing 737 jetliners while their regional affiliate Delta Connection (operated by ExpressJet) operates Canadair CRJ-700 regional jets. American Eagle operates Embraer ERJ-145, ERJ-170 and ERJ-175 regional jets into Key West. Silver Airways operates Saab 340B turboprops. Mokulele uses 9 seat Cessna Grand Caravan 208b with daily service to Ft. Myers and Naples, starting before Fantasy Fest. Raven Air uses 5 seat Piper Aztec with thrice-weekly service to Marco Island, Punta Gorda, and Sarasota, all of which began on January 15, 2016.
|3||Charlotte, North Carolina||28,000||American/US Airways|
|5||Fort Lauderdale, Florida||23,000||Silver|
|7||Fort Myers, Florida||7,000||Silver|
|8||Washington–National, D.C.||6,000||American/US Airways|
|10||New York–LaGuardia, New York||<1,000||N/A|
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.
- "History and events for Key West International Airport". keywestinternationalairport.com.
-  Archived March 10, 2005 at the Wayback Machine
- "Key West airport shelf". keyshistory.org.
- http://www.timetableimages.com, Feb. 1945 National Airlines system timeyable
- http://www.timetablemages.com, April 26, 1959 National Airlines system timetable
- http://www.timetableimages.com, May 31, 1964 system timetable
- http://www.timetableimages.com, July 15, 1969 National Airlines system timetable
- http://www.departedflights.com, Nov. 15, 1979 Official Airline Guide (OAG), Key West to Miami flight schedules
- http://www.departedflights.com, Aug. 31, 1987 Eastern Airlines system timetable
- http://www.departedflights.com, Dec. 15, 1989 Official Airline Guide (OAG), Key West to Miami flight schedules
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- "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.[dead link]
- "Gulf Coast Airways: Flight Schedule" (PDF). Gulf Coast Airways. Retrieved December 28, 2012.
- http://www.aa.com, timetable
- "Silver Airways - Official Website- Flights to Florida, Bahamas & More". silverairways.com.
- "RITA - BTS - Transtats". bts.gov.
- "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 4, 2016
- FAA Terminal Procedures for EYW, effective February 4, 2016
- Resources for this airport: