Historic Commuter Airlines of Florida
Long forgotten small airlines that once flew the skies of Florida.
Provincetown-Boston Airline (PBA)
PBA was probably the most significant commuter airline in Florida history. The airline operated two divisions, one in Cape Cod and one in Florida, with seasonal traffic patterns that complimented each other. The Florida division was known as Naples Airlines from 1960 to 1980, when the name was changed to simply PBA. From 1980 to 1984, the airline grew from a relatively small niche carrier to the largest commuter airline on the planet.
Air Sunshine, "The Florida Keys Own Airline", flew from 1974 to 1978. Originally known as AAT, Air Sunshine operated a fleet of DC-3s and Convair 440s from Miami and Tampa to the Florida Keys. The airline was absorbed by Air Florida on December 1, 1978 and continued to fly into 1979 under the name Air Florida Sunshine.