by Matt Alderton | May 24, 2018
Eight months after Hurricane Irma ravaged Florida, the Florida Keys continues its recovery, which soon will be helped by new airlift, according to the Monroe County Tourist Development Council. Yesterday, it announced that United Airlines will offer expanded service to Key West International Airport beginning this fall.

Starting Oct. 4, United will turn its seasonal route between Key West and New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport into a year-round route, offering daily nonstop service to Key West aboard United Express 70-seat Embraer E170 regional jets. During peak travel season, which is February through May, United also will add a second daily flight between Key West and Newark. This summer, meanwhile, the airline will offer service to Key West from Newark on Saturdays and Sundays.

"We are thrilled to offer our customers more opportunities to escape the hustle and bustle to the tropical paradise of Key West," said United Vice President of Domestic Network Planning Ankit Gupta. "Increasing to year-round service provides more flights for our customers to plan their visits to the Florida Keys all year."

"This is excellent news from United," added Monroe County Airports Director Don DeGraw. "Daily year-round service to Newark will be a huge benefit for our customers."

United also has announced plans to increase its service to Key West from Chicago; from mid-December through May 2019, it announced, it will provide daily nonstop service from O'Hare International Airport. From June 2 through mid-December, it will operate nonstop weekend service on Saturdays and Sundays.

United originally launched seasonal, daily nonstop service from Newark and Chicago to Key West in December 2016.