All Routes Lead to Key West: Direct (Non-stop) Flights to Key West
The Key West International Airport (EYW) is consistently named one of the busiest small airports in the country. The airport has just eight gates in its terminals, and only continues to see significant passenger growth year after year - and is predicted to see a very robust 2024! Is it such a surprise? As Americans increase their air travel, they’re more in tune to discovering places that are brimming with culture and excitement. Key West is a tempting destination, and its accessibility has never been better.
Here are all the year-round and seasonal direct (non-stop) flights to Key West, plus the latest news and air travel updates available, and how our tiny island came to captivate travelers from around the world.
Airlines traveling to Key West:
Direct Service: Asheville, Cincinnati, Daytona Beach/Sanford, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, and St. Pete/Clearwater/Tampa
Direct Service: Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Miami, New York (LGA), Philadelphia, and Washtington, D.C. (DCA)
Latest News: In November, a second daily flight to Washinton’s Reagan National Airport will be added and for the first time ever, American Airlines will offer service from Boston beginning this December (Dec. 23 and 30 and Jan. 6, 2024).
Direct Service: Atlanta and New York (LGA)
Latest News: Delta will resume seasonal service to Key West in December to New York.
Direct Service: Boston and New York (JFK)
Latest News: JetBlue will resume seasonal service to Key West in late October to Boston on the 140-seat Airbus 220.
Direct Service: Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, and Tampa
Direct Service: Chicago, Houston, and Washington Dulles (one daily flight) and Newark (two daily flights)
Latest News: After using only 70-seat regional jets to service Key West from Newark, United will begin operating their 126-seat Boeing 727 for the first time to and from the island. That’s a 78.7% seat capacity increase! Airports for Monroe County has been working with United for the last three years to get this aircraft into the Key West market.
Flight schedules can change. For exact dates and routes, check with airlines directly before making your upcoming travel plans.
Need more convincing as to why tourism is booming in Key West? The southernmost island of the Florida Keys attracts all kinds of tourists, from nature-lovers to families to bachelorette parties. It has something for everyone, with a bit of history, nature, and raucous nightlife on the island’s famous Duval Street.
Many people come to the island because of its laid-back vibe and friendly hospitality. The Conch Republic prides itself as “one-human family,” where eccentricities are celebrated. Take the annual Fantasy Fest for example, where adults dress up in costumes (or barely dress at all) and take to the streets to party like it’s Mardi Gras in October.
Street festivals, parades, and live music occur year-round in Key West, just like the sunny weather. Peak season for tourism on the island is between March and May, but festivals are commonplace. The island is happy to celebrate, with days-long events dedicated to the tasty Key lime or honoring the late resident author, Ernest Hemingway.
Sports fishermen and women can take part in fishing tournaments all year unlike northern fishing towns. If you love to snorkel and swim in the sea, take a day trip to Dry Tortugas to snorkel in the pristine waters of the national park. There you’ll see the massive, 19th-century Fort Jefferson, which is also open to explore and lends itself to stunning vacation photos.
More Americans are flying into Key West than ever before - especially Floridians. State residents are saving on time and money by booking a flight from Daytona Beach, St. Pete/Tampa, Orlando, Ft. Lauderdale, and Fort Lauderdale. See The Gates Hotel’s special offer just for Florida and Georgia residents.
Learn more about everything Key West has to offer by visiting The Gates Hotel Blog, which highlights the island’s greatest assets. The Gates Hotel Key West is a Conde Nast award-winning hotel set in New Town that offers shuttle service to and from Old Town. At The Gates, guests can take a dip in our gorgeous pool or order a cocktail made with locally-distilled rum from the outdoor pool bar. Take a look at our specials.