Southwest Airlines (Dallas) has officially landed at Key West International Airport (EYW), extending the airline’s Florida presence to the southernmost point of the country in the Florida Keys. Key West, a popular tourist destination, becomes the eighth city the airline serves in the state of Florida and the 78th city added to the airline’s vast route map.
Southwest attributes its entrance into the market, beginning today, to the roots planted by its wholly-owned subsidiary AirTran Airways. Southwest will take over AirTran’s two daily nonstop departures to Orlando International Airport (MCO) and Tampa Bay International Airport (TPA). In addition to the two daily nonstop flights, Southwest will introduce an entirely new market with daily nonstop service to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport beginning on March 9, 2013. With this nonstop service, Key West Customers will have access to Southwest’s extensive network with additional connecting service to more than 75 destinations nationwide.
Copyright Photo: Tony Storck. Boeing 737-7H4 N945WN (msn 36660) “Florida One” arrives at Baltimore/Washington.