MIAMI — United Airlines will add two seasonal services to Key West, the southernmost city in the United States, from Newark and Chicago, starting in December, the Key West Citizen reports.
United Airlines will offer a daily flight between Key West and Newark, starting on Friday December 16, 2016, through May 4 2017. The Chicago service will be weekly, with flights on Saturdays only from January 7 until April 29. Both flights will be served on the carrier’s 70-seat E170s.
According to the Key West Citizen, Monroe County officials agreed to waive all airport fees for United for its first year of operation, a sum estimated to be about $105,000.
To date, Key West has only two flights out of Florida, including 29 weekly flights to Atlanta, served by Delta Air Lines, and two weekly services to Washington D.C., operated by American Airlines. The arrival of United to Key West means that all three legacy carriers will be serving the Capital of the Conch Republic.
However, the largest player in Key West is Silver Airways, which offers 49 flights a week to four cities in Florida — Tampa, Orlando, Fort Myers and Fort Lauderdale.
In the last two years, Key West International Airport has experienced positive numbers in passenger traffic, with over 700,000 passengers passing through its terminal in 2015.