Visit Key West with Southwest For Fun and Sun

Southwest 737 Tug Pushback from SDF Gate B11

Southwest 737 Tug Pushback from Louisville-SDF Gate B11

Southwest Starts New Flights November 4th

Southwest successfully started several new routes including their inaugural service in the Louisville (SDF) to Denver International (DEN) market yesterday.

However, if you’re bound for the sunshine state as cooler weather moves into the northern United States, Southwest has officially landed at Key West International Airport (EYW) – the southernmost point of the Continental United States with sun, fun, and beautiful turquoise waters.

Key West from 38,000 Feet

Key West, Florida, seen from 38,000 Feet En-route to the Caribbean

Key West is now the eighth city Southwest Airlines operates to in the State of Florida and the 78th city added to the airline’s growing route network. The airline’s entrance to the market began with its wholly-owned subsidiary AirTran Airways. As Southwest merges the route networks, they will take over AirTran’s two daily nonstop flights from Orlando International Airport (MCO) and Tampa Bay International Airport (TPA).

In addition to the two daily nonstops, Southwest will also begin daily nonstop flights between New Orleans Louis Armstrong Airport (MSY) and Key West (EWY) starting March 9, 2013, just in time for Spring Break.

The new nonstop flights will provide connecting service to Key West from more than 75 destinations.

Kevin Krone, Southwest Airlines Vice President Marketing, Sales, and Distribution, said, “Our arrival in Key West represents one of the true benefits of our integration with AirTran Airways, allowing us to continue to bring low fares and legendary Customer Service to the Florida Keys.” Krone continued, “Key West is a destination our Customers have been eagerly awaiting.”

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Delta 737 N304DO at Key West

Delta Air Lines Boeing 737 at Key West – Delta and Southwest are competing for Key West business.

If Southwest Airlines does not serve your city, Delta Air Lines provides large jet, 737 flights from their Atlanta Hub to Key West.

Other carriers flying to Key West (EYW) include American Eagle and US Airways. United also services the market from Tampa (TPA) via Silver Airways, a “commuter carrier” doing business as United Express with Saab 340 Turbo-Prop aircraft.

Once you arrive in Key West you’ll want to stay busy. Besides the beach and nightlife, we’ve compiled a list of Key West tours and activities with something for everyone.

Popular Attractions, Tours, and History in Key West

In addition to hitting the beach, some popular attractions and tours include:


Mel Fisher Museum & Key West Aquarium
– Experience the richest collection of 17th century shipwreck artifacts in the world at Mel Fisher’s Museum then see Key West’s first attraction. Discover the undersea world at the Key West Aquarium.

Step back to 1851 and discover the treacherous world of shipwrecking and how it made Key West the richest city in the United States. Live actors, artifacts, laser technology and a 60′ lookout tower make the experience one of a kind at Key West Shipwreck Treasures Museum

See the best first with the Old Town Trolley Tour of Key West. Enjoy a fully narrated sightseeing tours of Key West, featuring over 100 points of interest. The trolley makes 9 stops so you can disembark along the way for shopping, attractions and dining and KIDS RIDE FREE!

Get active with Key West Single Parasailing — Parasailing is a great way to experience Key West! Hear the whisper of the warm wind during take-off and see the crystal clear waters of Key West as you fly high, 500 ft above the waters.

Discover the treacherous world of shipwrecking and how it made Key West the richest city in the United States. Afterwards, cruise into the World Famous Key West Sunset in comfort and leave your worries behind with a Glass Bottom Sunset Cruise & Shipwreck Museum

Did you know Key West is known for Presidential History? While president, Truman spent 175 days in Key West at Quarters A on the Truman Naval Station. Today, as Florida’s only presidential museum, the Harry S. Truman Little White House provides a personal glimpse of one of America’s greatest presidents.

Stroll through the famous home of Ernest Hemingway followed by a stroll through a tropical paradise filled with hundreds of the most beautiful winged creatures in nature at the Key West Butterfly Conservatory with a visit to the Hemingway Home & Key West Butterfly Museum.

Sail the catamaran Sebago to the only living coral reef in the US. Here you will find an abundance of shallow reefs for snorkeling. Enjoy the crystal clear waters of Key West as you are surrounded by schools of fish. Free soft drinks, beer and wine with the Key West Snorkel and Sailing Adventure.

The strangest place in Key West! A museum of the odd, bizarre, and unusual, featuring over 500 exhibits in nearly 10,000 square feet of air-conditioned comfort. Fun for the entire family. More than a Museum, it’s Ripley’s Believe It or Not – Visit Ripley’s Museum Key West

Finally, if you’re looking for a thrill, there’s the White Knuckle Thrill Boat Ride

White Knuckle Thrill Boat RideA new wave of thrilling fun and excitement has swept into Key West! The ”White Knuckle” Thrill Boat Ride” is the newest and most unforgettable water sports attraction for you and your family to enjoy in Key West and the Florida Keys.

Key West is now easier than ever to reach with Southwest’s new, non-stop flights combined with competition on a variety of legacy airlines. Delta Air Lines is a strong competitor with Boeing 737 service to Key West from their hub at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL) and provides connecting flights from most US cities and a significant number of international markets.

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