Marathon Airport's 75th Anniversary Celebration

Photo of blimp at Marathon Airport

The Marathon Airport opened its doors in 1943.

The Celebration: Oct. 20, 2018, 9 am to 5 pm

The Airport is commemorating 75th years of aviation in the heart of the Florida Keys with a free celebration on Oct. 20, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Fly or Drive In
  •  Antique Cars
  • More than 30 Historical Planes: a 1931 Stearman Speedmail, a 1941 Waco, 1941 J3 Cub, a 1942 BEECH 18, a C45, a Republic Seabee, a 1942 Ryan PT22, a 1953 Cessna 195, a 1947 G73 Mallard, a Pipstrel Motor Glider, a 1946 Piper J3, a Kodiak 100, a North American T28B, a Citabria and a Rans RV8
  • Food by Irie Eats
  • Music and Vendor Booths
  • Farmer Jeannie and her Monroe County Sheriff's Office Petting Zoo
  • And more

Airport History

The Marathon Airport opened in 1943. It was built by the U.S. Navy as an auxiliary airfield for Naval Air Station Key West. It was deactivated as a military facility at the end of World War II and transferred to the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners for use as a civilian airport.

For most of its existence, the County owned-and-operated airport has been a general aviation facility. It also has had scheduled passenger airline service for more than 25 years in the past.

On April 20, 2016, for the first time in approximately three decades, U.S. Customs and Immigration service became available at the airport with the completion of a new 4,200-sq-ft permanent Customs and Border Patrol facility located in the former commercial terminal.

Marathon Airport also served an important role during the Screwworm outbreak in 2016 and the response to Hurricane Irma in 2017.

HISTORICAL PHOTOGRAPHS

Map of the Event

Photo of a Map of Florida Keys Marathon International Airport’s 75th Anniversary Event