You can travel nonstop to Key West from Philadelphia and Chicago early next year, with American Airlines adding two new weekly flights.
Both new routes will operate as weekly flights on Saturdays and will continue through Aug. 31, 2019.
“I am very excited that American Airlines is adding service that will further connect Key West to the world,” said Richard Strickland, Monroe County’s director of airports.
Both flights will be operated with Embraer E175 aircraft that have seating for 12 first class and 64 main cabin passengers.
The Chicago-to-Key West flights are scheduled to depart at 8:20 a.m. and arrive at 1:05 p.m. The Key West-to-Chicago flights are scheduled to depart at 1:50 p.m. and arrive at 4:45 p.m.
The Philadelphia-to-Key West flights are scheduled to depart at 10:30 a.m. and arrive at 1:36 p.m. The Key West-to-Philadelphia flights are scheduled to depart at 2:14 p.m. and arrive at 5 p.m.
This is Key West’s first nonstop flight from PHL, an international hub in Philadelphia for American that serves eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and its shore region, Delaware and the Delaware Valley and northern Maryland.
Also, on Dec. 24, American will resume its nonstop winter and spring 2019 service from Dallas-Fort Worth with daily flights through April 1, 2019, on E175 regional jets.
American also is extending its DFW daily nonstop service between June 6 and Aug. 19, 2019, with flights available for sale beginning Oct. 8.
In other flight news, starting Oct. 4, United Airlines will offer year-round daily nonstop service to Key West from New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport on 70-seat Embraer E170 regional jets.
Additionally, from Feb. 14 through June 5, 2019 — peak travel season to Key West — United is to add a second daily Key West–Newark flight, also on E170 aircraft.
“It’s fantastic that Newark is growing as a hub for Key West,” Strickland said.
United also is soon to add daily seasonal service between Chicago O’Hare International Airport and Key West.
Currently through Nov. 24, United operates nonstop weekend service to Key West from Chicago on Saturdays and Sundays.
United’s daily nonstop frequency from Chicago to Key West is to begin Nov. 25 and run through Jan. 5, 2019.
United is to resume its Chicago–Key West nonstop weekend service on Saturdays and Sundays Jan. 6 through Feb. 13, 2019, and resume daily nonstop service Feb. 14 through June 5, 2019.