Commuter Airline to Begin Daily Key West Route in November

Southern Airways Express, the nation’s third-largest commuter carrier, will operate daily service between West Palm Beach and Key West, with twice daily service on weekends.

Southern Airways will begin service on November 8 (Silver Airways is discontinuing the route on November 5). One-way tickets between Key West and West Palm Beach will start at $139.

The Key West-West Palm Beach flight schedule will be:

Monday – Thursday:

Depart West Palm Beach – 2:05 p.m.

Arrive Key West – 3:25 p.m.

Depart Key West – 3:55 p.m.

Arrive West Palm Beach – 5:15 p.m.

Friday – Sunday:

Depart West Palm Beach – 8:05 a.m. and 3:25 p.m.

Arrive Key West – 9:25 a.m. and 4:45 p.m.

Depart Key West – 9:55 a.m. and 5:15 p.m.

Arrive West Palm Beach – 11:15 a.m. and 6:35 p.m.

To coincide with the Key West route, the airline is beginning a thrice-daily route between West Palm Beach and Tampa in November. It also intends to expand into the Middle Keys in late 2019, but details of the upcoming route have not yet been released.

“We’ve been looking at expansion in Florida for several years and have always believed that Palm Beach and Key West are two of the most under-served airports in the state. To link these airports and to provide a Palm Beach-Tampa shuttle is a win for all the cities, for the traveling public, and for this airline,” said Stan Little, chairman and CEO of Southern.

Southern’s service in Florida will be operated “non-sterile,” meaning flights will arrive and depart from private terminals instead of from the main departures terminal. For local flyers, this means no TSA screening hassles and free parking. Southern will be using the Atlantic Aviation terminal at Palm Beach.

Each passenger is allowed one personal item such as a small backpack, purse, or briefcase weighing less than 15 pounds at no charge, as well as one checked bag or “carry-on checked plane side,” up to 50 pounds.

Tickets for all new routes are currently on-sale at and at all major online travel sites, such as Expedia, Priceline and Kayak or call 1-800-429-0485.

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Amber Nolan
Amber Nolan is a restless travel writer who calls Key West home. Her work has appeared on USA Today,, Cruise Critic, Frommers, and several other travel publications. Amber’s most unusual project involved hitchhiking on small airplanes to 49 states, during which time she spent two years on the road, or rather, “on the skyways.” She is currently working on a book that documents the unusual journey and provides insight into the aviation community. Before getting into travel writing, Amber worked for an activist, investigative newspaper in London, so joining forces with the Blue Paper allows her to go back to her muckraking roots. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism.

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