The interior of the Piper Chieftain aircraft is air-conditioned for Aztec Airways passengers. The company has five Chieftains in its fleet. CONTRIBUTED/Aztec Airways

Starting Thursday, Oct. 29, Aztec Airways will begin offering nonstop, direct flights between Key West International Airport and the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport.

Three flights per week will depart from the Aztec Airways check-in facility at the Key West Ferry Terminal. 

After check-in, a private shuttle will take passengers to the Key West International Airport, where they will be dropped off for direct boarding, thus avoiding TSA lines and crowds, according to a press release from the company.

Introductory one-way fares are $99 for a limited time, the release states.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new service will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 22 on the tarmac at the Key West airport, behind Signature Flight Support FBO.

Vice Mayor Sam Kaufman and Key West Chamber of Commerce CEO Scott Atwell will host the ribbon-cutting event.

Aztec Airways offers scheduled flights, private charters and cargo flights in Key West, South Florida and Eleuthera, Bahamas. 

Aztec Airways was formed in 1998, and is certified by the Federal Aviation Administration as an on-demand/commuter scheduled air carrier, its website states. “We serve the Southeast United States and the Bahamas from our base at Fort Lauderdale’s Executive Airport. This central location gives us the ability to serve all the major South Florida international gateway airports, including Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Palm Beach,” and now Key West.

The company uses the nine-seater Piper Chieftain aircraft for its passenger flights.

“With a cruising speed of 200 mph, Piper Chieftain aircraft are the backbone of our passenger fleet for both charters and scheduled flights,” the company’s website states. 

The nine-seater planes are “reliable, comfortable, capable, air-conditioned for your comfort and radar-equipped for your safety.”More information is available at 954-351-9313 or AztecAirways.com.

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