Peter Horton

Key West Mayor Craig Cates, right, waves goodbye as he boards a chartered aircraft at Key West International Airport Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, that flew to Havana, Cuba. The trip was the first legal commercial passenger flight from Key West to Cuba in more than 50 years and carried five passengers who will remain until Jan. 3, 2014. It was organized by the Florida Keys Tropical Research Ecological Exchange Institute under a people-to-people cultural exchange license. Cates accompanied the passengers but did not stay in Cuba and returned to Key West. At left is Monroe County Airports Director Peter Horton. (Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

First Keys Flight To Cuba In More Than Five Decades

A small travel group departed Key West International Airport Monday on the first legally sanctioned commercial passenger flight from the island city to Havana, Cuba, in more than half a century.


A view of Southwest airline jets  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Southwest To Pull Out Of Key West

One less airline will be servicing South Florida. Dallas-based Southwest has announced plans to pull out of Key West.


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Flight Service From Key West To Cuba Struggles To Get Off The Ground

Flight service from Key West to Cuba continues to struggle. Two years ago, U.S. Customs and Border Projection gave Key West the green light to resume flights to and from Cuba. Yet not a single plane has taken off for the island since.


Thousands of garbed revelers participate in the Fantasy Fest Masquerade March Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, in Key West, Fla. (Courtesy: Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

Fantasy Fest Plans To Keep The Party Going

Hurricane Sandy won’t rain on the parade of officials and organizers of Key West’s Fantasy Fest.

CBS Miami–10/24/2012

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Charter Flights From FLL To Cuba Begin

The first charter flight from Fort Lauderdale to Cuba departed Saturday. Airline Brokers Company started non-stop flights once a week to Havana.


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U.S. Customs: No Key West-Cuba Flights For Now

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has denied Key West International Airport’s request to accommodate passenger air service to and from Cuba.