Jacksonville International Airport To Get New Lounge for Air Travelers
August 6, 2018

At today’s board meeting, the Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) Board of Directors approved a contract for the development of a new premium lounge at Jacksonville International Airport.

Plano, Texas-based ALD Development Corporation will invest a minimum of $1 million to develop, manage and operate the 2,726-square-foot facility, which will have seating for 49 guests.

The Club JAX will offer hot and cold buffet featuring menus from local Jacksonville chefs and a variety of seating for relaxation, privacy, productivity and dining. The facility, which is expected to open in early 2019, will have two restrooms, including showers, and a children’s play area with age-appropriate video games, TV and books.

ALD is the largest U.S. independent shared-use lounge developer with a network of 18 airport lounges across 13 airports worldwide.

In other actions, the JAA Board approved the selection of Jacksonville-based ADK Consulting to conduct the executive search to replace JAA CEO Steve Grossman who is retiring at the end of the year. ADK, which specializes in executive searches for the aviation industry, scored the highest among the six firms responding to JAA’s Request for Proposals. 

The board also voted to accept a $1.8 million matching grant from Space Florida to design and construct a Space Operations Control Center, a Payload Preparation Facility and a Rocket Motor Testing Facility at Cecil Spaceport.