The Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) hosted the three-day Airline Summit which began on Wednesday, November 3, and ended Friday, November 5. Mayor John Peyton and JAA’s CEO, Steve Grossman, opened the summit Thursday, November 4, during a breakfast meeting at The Lodge and Club at Ponte Vedra. Congressman Ander Crenshaw was the keynote speaker during lunch at the same venue.
Airline representatives toured Downtown Jacksonville, St. Augustine, and Jacksonville International Airport (JAX). The group also enjoyed a tour of EverBank Field.
The summit was designed to educate airline representatives about the Northeast Florida region. Points of focus included economic development, tourism, golf and the military presence in the area. Participants also engaged in a roundtable discussion where regional business executives and government officials answered questions from airline attendees and vice versa.
“The Airline Summit allows us to showcase the Northeast Florida region to our air service partners,” Barbara Halverstadt, Manager, Development & Marketing, said. “It’s a perfect opportunity for them to see the area’s many amenities first-hand.”
The JAA partnered with multiple businesses and organizations in hosting the airline summit. Those partners include the Jacksonville Economic Development Commission, Florida's First Coast of Golf, North Florida Hotel & Lodging Association, Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, Visit Jacksonville, Clay County, Slammer & Squire Golf Course at World Golf Village, Amelia Island Convention and Visitor's Bureau, JAXPORT, Sawgrass Marriott, Residence Inn Amelia Island, Go Airport Shuttle, St. Augustine Convention and Visitor's Bureau, The Lodge & Club, HMS Host (JAX Airport), Paradies Shops (JAX Airport), RS&H and the Nassau County Economic Development Board.