ATLANTA -- Delta Connection carrier Atlantic Southeast Airlines on
Oct. 1 will begin operating two roundtrips daily between Atlanta
and Key West.
This marks the first time in more than 40 years that a carrier
will offer nonstop scheduled service to Key West from outside
While Key West draws intra-Florida air service from Miami, Fort
Lauderdale, Orlando and other points, it has not had nonstop
flights from outside the state since 1961, according to the Monroe
County Tourist Development Council.
Commercial service to Key West from outside Florida last was
operated by Aerovias Q, which linked Key West with Cuba.
Airline passengers at this time make connections in Florida to
reach Key West, but starting in October they will have that option
in Atlanta, as well.
Atlantic Southeast will use a 70-passenger Canadair regional jet
on the Atlanta-Key West route.
Meanwhile, Atlantic Southeast plans to upgrade its existing
Orlando-Key West turboprop service to a 40-passenger Bombardier
regional jet on Sept. 1.