A visit to Key West is, in many ways, like visiting another country. As the southernmost incorporated place in the continental U.S., Key West takes southern hospitality seriously. Visitors have plenty to see, do, and fall in love with in Key West. A private jet charter to Key West and landing in Key West International Airport (EYW) lets you experience all the island has to offer.
Key West Facts and Figures
Located only 90 miles from Cuba, Key West, Florida is located closer to the island nation than it is to Miami, which is 165 miles and nearly four hours to drive away. Of course, when it comes to pace of life and way of living, Key West may as well be on a different universe than Miami.
You won’t find gleaming towers of modern day society. In fact, you may very well feel as though you’ve taken a stroll back in time as you walk through the streets of Key West’s downtown area and Duval Street, taking in sights like Ernest Hemingway’s home or the Audubon House and Tropical Gardens.
Resorts along the beach offer a more vivid nightlife and faster pace, but if you stick to inner city areas, you’ll enjoy a more authentic Key West experience with small cottages converted for visitors and mainstays like Rick’s Bar, Sloppy Joe’s, and Margaritaville Key West – all of which are as much a part of the Key West experience as walking on the beach and collecting seashells.
Other ways to enjoy Key West include visits to the stunningly beautiful beaches in the area, charter fishing, scuba diving, boat tours, bareboat or chartered cruises, snorkeling, and parasailing.
EYW by the Numbers
Key West International Airport is among the shortest U.S. runways (4,801 feet), leading the few commercial carriers that do provide service to EYW to place luggage restrictions in order to ensure safer landings by keeping the weights of the planes lower.
The airport is serviced by private jet charters and a few major airlines from cities like Atlanta, Miami, Orlando, or Tampa.
The location of the airport is roughly a ten-minute drive from the Key West downtown area and car rental services, taxis, and busses operate at the airport to facilitate ground transportation once flights have landed.
Private Jet Charters to Key West
Once in Key West, you see a constant stream of private jet charters going in and out of the island. Private jet traffic to Key West is brisk, with Key West as one of the most requested routes from Chicago, New York, Orlando, and Dallas (which can take as little as two hours across the Gulf of Mexico).
Private jet charters to Key West allow you the choice of landing at Key West International Airport, Florida Keys Marathon Airport, Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport or Miami International Airport – though the last of which leaves a long drive on the other side of your flight.
According to the Key West Chamber of Commerce, the months of August and September see the least amount of traffic at EYW with the months of February, March, and April getting the greatest number of people traveling into Key West by air each year with more than 45,000 passengers flying into the airport in March of 2014 alone.
Key West Events Worth Chartering Private Jets to Attend
As if the island atmosphere and stunning waters of both the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico aren’t enough to draw you away from the dreary land north there are several events throughout the year that might pique your interest even more, including:
Sunset Celebration – every night at Mallory Square
Key West Song Writers Festival – May 6 – 10, 2015
Key West Pride – June 10 -14, 2015
Key West Lobsterfest – August 6 – 9, 2015
Fort Taylor Pyrate Invasion – December 4 – 6, 2015
Key West Lighted Boat Parade – December 12, 2015
Presidential Aviation offers a wide range of private jet charter aircraft to get you to Key West quickly and on your time table. Don’t waste precious beach time in an airport or driving south on U.S. 1. Call us today to schedule your private jet right away.