American takes off from Tampa to Key West

American takes off from Tampa to Key West (2)

American began Tampa to Key West on 17 December. Tampa International Airport and flight crew celebrated with beautiful balloons, tropical décor, and key lime in a jar for the passengers.

American began Tampa to Key West on 17 December.  Operating once-daily, the 387-kilometre uses Embraer 175s. 

It competes directly with 16 weekly services by Silver Airways using ATR-42-600s, although this reduces to 12-weekly from early January.

In the past decade, AirTran (until 2012), Continental (2012), Southwest (2014), and United (2013) have all operated the route.  Annual capacity peaked at almost 188,000 two-way seats in 2012.

Since Southwest’s end and American beginning this year, only Silver has operated it.  Of course, this was reflected in seats, totalling between a maximum of 78,000 (2015) and a minimum of 63,000 (2016).

The entrance of American means 2021 seats are currently estimated to be almost 110,000, up 53% over pre-coronavirus 2019.

American takes off from Tampa to Key West

American’s launch means that this market will again have more than 100,000 seats in 2021. Source: OAG Schedules Analyser.


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