Jacksonville International Airport Posts Uptick in Passenger Traffic

JAA Issues Tips for Air Travelers as Busy Thanksgiving Travel Season Nears

JACKSONVILLE, November 22, 2010 –The Jacksonville Aviation Authority today announced that October passenger traffic at Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) was up for the second consecutive month.

During the month of October, JAX recorded a total of 483,403 passengers, a slight increase over the 476,984 passengers in October 2009. In September this year, the passenger count inched up 2.85% over the same month last year.

“The back-to-back monthly passenger gains at JAX are encouraging signs that the commercial aviation industry continues to show improvement,” said JAA Executive Director/CEO Steve Grossman. “These positive indicators coupled with our recent announcements of increased flight schedules from JetBlue, Southwest and Delta all bode well for the coming year.”

JetBlue announced service from Jacksonville to San Juan, Puerto Rico, while Delta Air Lines announced added flights from Jacksonville to Miami and Southwest announced a new non-stop flight from Jacksonville to Denver.

Meanwhile, JAA officials suggest travelers departing JAX this busy Thanksgiving holiday season should plan to arrive at the airport at least 1½ hours before their scheduled departure time. JAA has also introduced lower parking rates for the Special Events Economy 3 Lot during the Thanksgiving holiday.

Travelers are encouraged to call their airlines for flight information. Travelers can also get information about the airport and flights at JAA’s new, enhanced website at www.flyjacksonville.com.

For information about passenger security screening and restricted carryon items, visit the TSA website at www.tsa.gov.