Key West International Airport Guide

Key West International Airport

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Key West International Airport is more than just a travel hub; during World War II, it served as a wartime base for the US Army’s fighter jets and military vessels. With only one terminal building for all departures and arrivals, this 334-acre airport is very easy to navigate. Don't let its name fool you: Key West International Airport only flies planes out to major US cities, such as Chicago, Newark, Atlanta, Miami. Life in the Florida Keys is intentionally slow, and travelers might find that at the airport, too—but have no fear. Because the airport only services 50–60 flights a day, check-in, security, and baggage claim never take too long.

Key West International Airport Code, Location, and Flight Information

Know Before You Go

Key West International Airport is small and easy to navigate; there is only one terminal with a total of six gates. Four airlines fly to and from this airport: United Airlines, American Airlines, Delta, and Silver Airways. 

Because of its size, it’s important to note that EYW doesn’t have all the luxury services you find at larger airports. For example, curbside check-in, Sky Cap, rest zones, showers, and duty free services are not available here. There is also no air shuttle, as everything in the airport can be reached by foot in five minutes or less.  

Parking

Parking at EYW is both easy and accessible. After driving through the airport entrance, travelers will find a public parking garage on their left, just before they reach the terminal building. On the opposite side of the airport, there is a designated short-term parking lot where travelers can get free parking for one hour; it's ideal for passenger pickup. With the exception of that first free hour, the rates for both short-term and long term-parking are the same.

Here are the rates: 

  • First hour (Short Term Lot): FREE
  • First hour (Long Term Lot): $3
  • 1 to 2 Hours (Both): $6
  • 2 to 3 Hours (Both): $9
  • 3 to 4 Hours (Both): $12
  • 4+ Hours/Daily Maximum (Both): $15
  • Weekly Maximum (Both): $84
  • Lost Ticket Minimum (Both): $15

Driving Directions

From the Upper and Middle Keys, drive straight down US1 until you get to South Roosevelt Boulevard; the airport will be on your left. If you're coming from Key West, drive straight up Flagler Avenue until you reach South Roosevelt Boulevard; you will find the airport on your right. Be wary of traffic when coming from the Upper and Middle Keys. US1 is the only way in and out of Key West, and it can get busy during peak season and on weekends.

Public Transportation and Taxis

You can get to the airport by taking a taxi, shuttle, or bus, in addition to ride-hailing services like Lyft and Uber. Various Key West hotels offer courtesy shuttles to and from EYW. City buses and shuttles that offer regular transportation to and from the airport include the Lower Keys Shuttle and the Miami-Dade-Monroe Express Route. See a full list of ground transportation options here

Where to Eat and Drink

There are three food and drink options. The only sit-down restaurant is Conch Flyer, which is open from 5:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. In true Key West fashion, there are two “beach bars.” First Call Beach Bar is open from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week, and Last Call Beach Bar is open from 6 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. seven days a week. All restaurants offer food items to-go.

How to Spend Your Layover

It is unlikely that you will have a layover at Key West International Airport. However, in the event that you do, the airport is right next door to Smathers Beach. If you need to stretch your legs, EYW is just a few miles from Key West’s historic Duval Street and Mallory Square.

WiFi and Charging Stations

Free WiFi is available throughout the terminal building. Travelers can connect to the WiFi through the “MC-Public” network quickly and easily, with no sign-in required. Mobile device charging stations are also available in the Departure Lounge.

Key West International Airport Tips and Tidbits

  • The first scheduled flight from Key West International Airport (then called Meacham Field), was in 1928.
  • During World War II, the airport was used exclusively by the United States Army.
  • The airport sits right on the Atlantic Ocean, so airline passengers can expect tropical island views as they take off and land.
  • Key West International Airport offers postal services. There is a USPS mailbox outside the Arrivals level, in the middle of the lower roadway, and a FedEx conveniently located just steps from the terminal building.
  • Mothers can take advantage of the Mamava Suite, a private nursing area in the Departure Lounge, and changing tables in all terminal restrooms.
  • Key West is known for its rum drinks, so don’t forget to grab a rum runner or a piña colada from First Call Beach Bar or Last Call Beach Bar.
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