American takes off from Tampa to Key West
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.