Key West International Airport
|Key West International Airport|
Aerial view of Key West International Airport
|Serves||Key West, Florida|
|Elevation AMSL||3 ft / 1 m|
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 two miles east of the main commercial center of Key West.
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. 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. In January 1953, the city gave Monroe County the title to Meacham Field, allowing the county to apply for Federal Aviation Administration grants. Around the same time, 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 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, as well as Lockheed L-188 Electra turboprops, into the airport. 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.
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. In 1987, Eastern Airlines was operating daily mainline Boeing 727-100 jet service nonstop to Miami. By 1989, Piedmont Airlines was operating six nonstop flights a day to Miami with Fokker F28 Fellowship twin jets. This F28 jet service was then continued by USAir following its acquisition of and merger with Piedmont. 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.
As of May 9, 2010, the flight schedule included commercial service on Cape Air, 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, Fort Myers on Cape Air, and Fort Lauderdale and Tampa on United express (although neither of these services were to a United Airlines hub).
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. 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 will add 277 feet to the runway for takeoffs in one direction and add 10 feet-wide shoulders paved on each side of the runway. The added runway length will be for flights taking off to the East only. Construction work is set to begin in January 2018 and all construction is scheduled to be done at night.
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.
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, 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.
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.
When Southwest Airlines acquired AirTran in 2011, it continued to operate flights from the airport, first under the AirTran brand and then under the Southwest brand. Southwest Airlines ended service to Key West Airport in 2014.
Airlines and destinations
|American Eagle|| Miami, Washington–National|
Seasonal: Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare (begins February 16, 2019), Dallas/Fort Worth, Philadelphia (begins February 16, 2019)
|Delta Air Lines||Atlanta|
|Delta Connection||Seasonal: New York–LaGuardia (begins March 9, 2019)|
|Silver Airways||Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Tampa, West Palm Beach|
|Southern Airways Express||West Palm Beach|
|United Express||Chicago–O'Hare, Newark|
Delta Air Lines currently operates mainline jet service into the airport with Boeing 737-700 jetliners. Key West's 4,801 foot runway is the shortest runway in North America used regularly by 737s. Delta's regional affiliate, Delta Connection (operated by ExpressJet), operates Canadair CRJ-700 regional jets. Delta currently operates flights to Atlanta every day.
United Airlines currently operates E-170s for service to Newark and Chicago O'Hare. 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 will become daily year-round, and the Newark service will become once or twice daily year-round in October.
|3||Charlotte, North Carolina||43,980||American|
|4||Fort Lauderdale, Florida||41,430||Silver|
|6||Orlando (International), Florida||18,670||Silver|
|7||Newark, New Jersey||14,950||United|
|9||Fort Myers, Florida||7,870||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 in Nueva Gerona, Cuba to José Martí International Airport in Havana, The six hijackers were detained upon the plane's landing at Key West.
- On October 31, 2011, a Gulfstream G150 carrying NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick ran off the end of Key West's runway after experiencing a loss in braking action upon landing. 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. 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.
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USAIR Aircraft Operated:....Fokker 28...Destinations Served:...Key West (FL)...
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- Key West International Airport page at Monroe County website
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- (PDF), effective November 8, 2018
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