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JAA Announces Aviation Leases at Two Airports
New Officers Elected for JAA Board of Directors
JAA Introduces Preferred Passenger Lane at JAX New Service Means Faster Travel through Security Screening
JetBlue Announces Daily Nonstop Service from San Juan to Jacksonville The new route will be the only nonstop service between the Caribbean and Jacksonville
JAA Receives Grant for Cecil Field Spaceport FAA awards grant for the development of a Spaceport Master Plan.
Jacksonville Aviation Authority Posts Unaudited Financial Results JAA Shows Positive Results for 2009-2010 Fiscal Year
JAA Wraps up 2nd Annual Commercial Airline Summit
Jacksonville International Airport Lowers Special Event Economy Parking Rate
Jacksonville Aviation Authority Launches Rebranding Effort
Jacksonville International Airport Posts Uptick in Passenger Traffic
More Good News for Miami Bound Passengers & International Travelers
Jacksonville International Airport Offers Special Deals for Air Travelers This Holiday Season
Passenger Traffic at JAX Jumps 8% in November
JAX Airport Art Highlighted by London Observer
New Parking Rates at JAX
JAA Closes out 2010 with Increased Activity at all Four of its Airports
Jacksonville International Airport to Become JetBlue Airways’ 31st Cargo Station New York-Based Airline Attracted by Frequency of Travel through JAX
New Service Offered at JAX Curbside Valet Parking Program Service will enhance the business traveler parking experience
Jacksonville Aviation Authority Unveils New Public Art at JAX New Aerial Sculpture Enhances Ambiance of JAX
New Nonstop JetBlue Service from Jacksonville to San Juan, P.R., Begins Today
Southwest Airlines Begins Daily Nonstop Service Between Jacksonville and Denver
Cecil Airport Wins State Approval as Official ‘Space Territory’
JAA Issues Special Summer Air Travel Reminders
Jacksonville International Airport Passenger Traffic Up in July
JAA Board of Directors Elects New Officers
Jacksonville Aviation Authority Receives Marketing and Communications Awards
Jacksonville Aviation Authority Celebrates 10th Anniversary
Jacksonville Aviation Authority Introduces On-Line Flight-Tracking System
Jacksonville International Airport Opens Special Events Lot for Thanksgiving Holiday
Jacksonville Aviation Authority Introduces JAX Passport at Jacksonville International Airport
Jacksonville International Airport Opens Special Events Lot for Christmas Holiday
New Expedited Access to the Airport Security Checkpoint Launches at Jacksonville International Airport
Governor Scott Appoints Teresa H. Davlantes to JAA Board
New Local Preference Program at Jacksonville Aviation Authority Results in Increased Direct Contracting with Local Businesses
KCI Aviation’s Arrival at Cecil Airport Moves Forward
JAA Adds Concept ‘Y’ Horizontal Launch Vehicles To Cecil Spaceport Planning
Cecil Airport Receives Safety Award
Jacksonville Aviation Authority Receives ‘A’ Rating from Fitch Ratings
Jacksonville Aviation Authority Celebrates Arrival of Newest Tenant at Cecil Airport
Silver Airways Announces Three New JAX Daily Flights to Tampa
JAA Receives Marketing and Communications Awards
Community Invited to Airport Open House Static Aircraft Displays, Car Show and More
JAA Board of Directors Elects New Officers
Jacksonville International Airport Opens Special Events Lot for Thanksgiving Holiday
JAA Approves Major Building and Land Lease with Flightstar Aircraft Services, Inc. at Cecil Airport
Jacksonville International Airport Opens Special Events Lot for Christmas Holiday
Jacksonville Aviation Authority Police Department Transitions to Online Traffic Crash Reporting
JAA Applauds Air Force Contract To Build Military Aircraft at JAX
Southwest Airlines Announces New, Nonstop Service from JacksonvilleInternational Airport (JAX) to Chicago’s Midway Airport
JAX Selected as Fifth Best Airport in North America for Airport Service Quality JAX Honored by Airports Council International
Southwest Airlines’ Nonstop Service from Jacksonville International Airport to Chicago-Midway Gets Earlier Start Date
Runners Prepare for “Take-Off” at the Inaugural JAXEX Runway 5K Proceeds to benefit The Greater Jacksonville Area USO
International Air Service Coming to Jacksonville Silver Airways Begins Flights from Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) to the Bahamas June 15
JAA Celebrates Growth at Cecil Airport
Jacksonville Aviation Authority Unveils New Public Art at JAX
Legacy of Lieutenant Commander James Edwin Craig Honored and Memorialized at JAXEX
TSA PreCheck Screening Now Open at JAX
JAA Board Approves New Restaurant for Jacksonville International Airport (JAX)
Jacksonville Aviation Authority Posts Positive Results Despite Difficult Business Environment
Delta Air Lines Announces New Nonstop Service Between Jacksonville and Boston
Silver Airways’ Marsh Harbour Service to Return in February; Adding Second Bahamas Flight in March
Hampton Golf, JAA Donate More Than 1,000 Culinary Items to Clara White Mission
Jacksonville International Airport Opens Special Events Lot for Christmas Holiday
JAA, Generation Orbit Sign First Agreement at Cecil Spaceport - 12/23/2013
Jacksonville International Airport Wins Airport Service Quality Award JAX places in top five in ACI-NA ‘Best Airport by Region’
Mayor Brown Appoints Ray Alfred to JAA Board
Vino Volo Brings Wine Country to Jacksonville International Airport
Local JaxPAL Youth Graduate From JAXEX High Achievers Program
Gov. Scott Signs Budget Supporting Investment in Cecil Spaceport
JAA’s Michael Stewart Elected President of Florida Airports Council
JAA Board Names Executive Conference Room at Jacksonville International Airport in Honor of Dr. Chester Aikens
Jacksonville International Airport(JAX)Opens Aircraft Observation Area
JAA Board of Directors Elects New Officers
JAX Conducting Triennial Disaster Drill
Jacksonville Airports Generate Significant Boost To Local Economy, New Study Finds JAA’s Four Airports Responsible for Nearly 30,000 Jobs

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Jacksonville Airports Generate Significant Boost To Local Economy, New Study Finds JAA’s Four Airports Responsible for Nearly 30,000 Jobs - 10/8/2014

JACKSONVILLE, October 8, 2014 – Jacksonville Aviation Authority and its four airports generate approximately $3.1 billion in annual economic impact for the local community, according to the 2014 Florida Department of Transportation Aviation Economic Impact Study.

That level of economic activity represents a 7 percent increase since the study was last conducted in 2010.

Economic output at Cecil Airport, which has experienced significant growth of the past several years, jumped 35 percent to $720 million, from $531 million in 2010. Jacksonville International Airport generated $2.2 billion in economic activity, while Jacksonville Executive at Craig Airport contributed $132 million and Herlong Recreational Airport produced $22 million.

The FDOT study found that aviation in Florida is responsible for an estimated $144 billion in annual economic activity. 

The study measured all aviation-related economic impacts that take place on an airport such as on-airport tenants (businesses and government agencies), airport construction, and airport management, as well as off-airport impacts, such as those that are associated with visitor spending. 

“This study highlights aviation’s significant economic benefit to Jacksonville and the state of Florida,” said JAA Director of External Affairs Michael Stewart, who also serves as president of the Florida Airports Council.  “Our airports generate thousands of good paying jobs and opportunities to countless businesses.”

Among the airport activities measured in the study are: construction, military operations, air cargo, aviation education, aviation manufacturing and federal agencies such as Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

JAX Conducting Triennial Disaster Drill - 9/29/2014

On Wednesday, October 1, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m, the Jacksonville International Airport will conduct its triennial emergency preparedness exercise.

The exercise allows the airport and first response agencies to evaluate emergency response systems, techniques, capabilities, and communication networks as they relate to a major aircraft incident.

While this training is required for U.S. airports by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), each participating agency has the opportunity to evaluate and refine their training skills as well.

This particular exercise will involve over 20 different city and state agencies, including JFRD, JSO and area hospitals. In addition, approximately 100 volunteers will take part in the exercise playing the roles of victims. 

Because this drill involves many "victims," there will be numerous emergency vehicles in and around airport property. Those arriving or departing from the airport should use caution and follow officer instructions and all directional signage. A temporary road closure will be in effect along Pecan Park, between Woodwings and Terrell, from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., on the day of the drill.

An area along runway 14/32 will be utilized for the exercise.

The airport will remain open during the exercise and normal airport operations will NOT be affected.

JAA Board of Directors Elects New Officers - 9/22/2014

September 22, 2014 – Jacksonville Aviation Authority today elected Frank Mackesy as JAA Board of Directors chairman for the 2014-2015 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1.

Mackesy, Director of Emergency and Security Training at Florida State College of Jacksonville and a former Undersheriff of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, was appointed to the JAA by Gov. Rick Scott. Mackesy replaces Teresa H. Davlantes as chairman. She continues to serve as a board member.

The other newly elected officers include Ernest Isaac, Jr. as vice chairman, Edward M. Booth, Jr. as secretary and Ray Alfred as treasurer, all of whom are mayoral appointees. 

The board is comprised of seven members. Three members are appointed by Jacksonville's mayor while the other four are appointed by the governor of Florida. Each board member can serve a maximum of two consecutive 4-year terms.

Jacksonville International Airport(JAX)Opens Aircraft Observation Area - 8/28/2014

JACKSONVILLE, August 28, 2014 – The Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) recently opened an aircraft observation area at Jacksonville International Airport (JAX). Located off Pecan Park Rd., between Terrell Rd. and Dixie Clipper Rd., and at the end of runway 32, visitors can park inside a fenced, gravel-surfaced area and safely enjoy plane watching. The Observation Area is open from sunrise to sunset.

Amenities include ample parking spots, a seating area and a solar powered speaker system that broadcasts conversations between the air traffic controllers and pilots or ground crew.

“We’re pleased to make this safe, family friendly space available to aviation enthusiasts and plane watchers in our community,” said Steve Grossman, Executive Director/CEO of the JAA. “They’re sure to get some great photos and videos of the air traffic using runway 32.”

JAA Board Names Executive Conference Room at Jacksonville International Airport in Honor of Dr. Chester Aikens - 8/27/2014

At the August board meeting on Monday, August 25, the Jacksonville AviationAuthority Board of Directors voted unanimously to name the ExecutiveConference Room at Jacksonville International Airport in honor of former JAAChairman Chester Aikens, who passed away in December.

Dr. Aikens, a prominentcommunity and civic leader, served on the JAA Board as well as the JacksonvillePort Authority when the city’s airport and seaport operated together.  Attending yesterday’s board meeting were Dr.Aikens’ widow, Jean, his sons Chester II and Chae, and Mayor Alvin Brown.

JAA’s Michael Stewart Elected President of Florida Airports Council - 8/15/2014

Michael Stewart, JacksonvilleAviation Authority’s Director, External Affairs, was recently elected presidentof the Florida Airports Council (FAC) at the group’s annual conference inJacksonville.


Stewart, who joined JAA in 2004,will serve as FAC president for a one-year term, beginning Oct. 1.  He is the third JAA executive to serve as FACpresident since 1971.


“We’re thrilled about Michael’s selection for this prestigious post,”said JAA Executive Director and CEO Steve Grossman.  “No doubt, Michael’s leadership andenthusiasm for advancing our industry will greatly benefit Florida AirportsCouncil and its members over the next year.”


FAC is an association of publicly-owned and operated airports,airport professionals, and experts in the fields of airport design,development, and improvement, as well as aviation trades that support theairport industry in Florida. FAC consists of 19 commercial airports, 76 generalaviation airports and more than 250 corporate, affiliate, associate,educational members and two student chapters.


“I’m excited about this opportunityto serve as president of Florida’s leading aviation association,” Stewart said.“I hope to build upon all the great work FAC has done for Florida’s commercialand general aviation airports.”


Stewart said his priorities for FACover the next year include developing a succession plan to replace FAC’slong-time executive director, Bill Johnson; creating a self-sustaining fundingsource for FAC’s leadership development program; and, ensuring that more of oursmaller, general aviation airports are involved in the association.   

For more information aboutFAC, visit www.floridaairports.org.

For more information about JAA,visit www.flyjacksonville.com

Gov. Scott Signs Budget Supporting Investment in Cecil Spaceport - 6/2/2014

JACKSONVILLE, FL, June 2, 2014 — The Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) today applauded Gov. Rick Scott for signing the 2014-2015 state budget, which includes $2 million to build infrastructure necessary for the development of Cecil Spaceport.

JAA also expressed appreciation for the continued support of Cecil Spaceport by the Florida Legislature, including members of the First Coast Legislative Delegation, the Florida Department of Transportation and Space Florida. Cecil Spaceport is the only facility in Florida licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to accommodate commercial space horizontal launches.

“This is an important step in the development of Cecil Spaceport,” said JAA Executive Director and CEO Steve Grossman. “The state’s support for Cecil and this developing industry is critical. If the commercial space industry doesn’t come to Cecil, it will likely not come to Florida for at least another four or five years.”  

In December 2013, JAA signed its first tenant agreement at Cecil Spaceport with Atlanta-based Generation Orbit Launch Services, Inc. (GO). GO is developing an in-flight suborbital space launch platform to conduct microgravity and hypersonic research (GOLauncher 1) and later, a dedicated orbital launch platform for nano and micro satellites (GOLauncher 2). Test flights are expected to begin at Cecil as early as August 2014, with operational launches forecast to begin in 2016. 

Local JaxPAL Youth Graduate From JAXEX High Achievers Program - 5/27/2014

May 27, 2014– Jacksonville Executive at Craig Airport (JAXEX) and the Police Athletic League (PAL) of Jacksonville are pleased to announce the graduation of the inaugural class of JAXEX High Achievers, a joint initiative designed to expose local youth to exciting career opportunities in aviation.
Leaders from the Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA), PAL and the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office (JSO) gathered May 22, 2014, with tenants, parents and special guests to recognize the students who successfully completed the four-month-long program.
The JAXEX High Achievers initiative included a series of monthly workshops that offered hands-on demonstrations, professional development training and information about aviation-related degrees, skills and careers ranging from piloting an aircraft, aerial photography and airport operations and administration. Workshops were hosted by JAXEX tenants and partners, including ControlCam, Sterling Flight Training, Malone AirCharter, JAA and the air traffic control tower staff.
"I'm thrilled and grateful that we were able to partner with the Police Athletic League and our tenants to offer this unique learning and career-building opportunity to local students," said JAA Executive Director Steve Grossman. "I hope the High Achievers program inspired a love for aviation in these students that may one day impact their education and career decisions."
JAXEX High Achievers graduates received a certificate of completion and heard words of advice and congratulations from JAA Executive Director Steve Grossman and Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford. Students also took the opportunity to expound on their experience with the program, and how it has impacted future college and career plans.
"It's been a lot of fun to have the PAL students out at JAXEX," said JAXEX Airport Manager Tiffany Gillem. "They asked great questions and were very engaged in the workshop activities with our tenants."
For more information about JAXEX, visit flyjaxex.com.
For more information about JaxPAL, visit www.jaxpal.com.
For more information about JAA, visit www.flyjacksonville.com. 

Vino Volo Brings Wine Country to Jacksonville International Airport - 4/24/2014

April 24, 2014 – Airport Wine Bar Operator Opens First Location in Florida

Vino Volo has arrived in Northeast Florida with the opening of its newest location at the Jacksonville International Airport (JAX), the company’s first in the State of Florida.  Located near Gate C1, Vino Volo offers guests the opportunity to taste hand-selected wines from around the world by the glass, in tasting flights, or by the bottle to either take home or have shipped.  The food menu offers small plates to pair with wines, such as smoked salmon rolls and a brie and prosciutto sandwich.  A selection of local craft beers will also be available to bring the flavor of Jacksonville to Vino Volo.

"Our goal is to offer Jacksonville passengers a relaxing, comfortable environment where they can experience wine country and enjoy exceptional wines while waiting for their flight" said Doug Tomlinson, Founder and CEO of Vino Volo. "Discovering unique, often hard-to-find wines is our passion, and we look forward to introducing our guests to great global and local wine regions."

Vino Volo (derived from “wine flight” in Italian) is a trusted wine authority that combines a cozy wine lounge, restaurant, tasting bar and boutique wine shop under one roof.  Vino Volo owns and operates 35 locations at 23 airports across North America and two city stores in Bethesda, MD, and Tysons Corner, VA. Founded in 2005, Vino Volo revolutionizes how people experience wine by making the tasting experience approachable and educational. Vino Volo has won 25 Airport Revenue News awards, including the "Food Operator with the Highest Regard for Customer Service" seven years in a row.

“The Vino Volo experience is one passengers will enjoy when traveling through Jacksonville, and is a welcome complement to our current in-terminal dining options,” Jacksonville Aviation Authority Executive Director/CEO Steve Grossman said.  “It’s also exciting that JAX is home to the first Vino Volo location in the State of Florida.” The Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) is proud to welcome Vino Volo’s innovative wine bar concept. 

Photos from Vino Volo’s ribbon cutting, soft open and site construction are available for download on the JAX Airport flickr account here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jaxairport/sets/72157642166823854/

About Vino Volo

Vino Volo establishments combine an upscale wine lounge, restaurant and boutique wine shop under one roof, and are primarily located in airports across North America. Vino Volo (derived from “wine flight” in Italian) is a trusted wine authority that makes wine approachable, offering hand-selected wines from around the world by the glass, in tasting flights and by the bottle for customers to take home or have shipped.  Follow VinoVolo on Facebook (Facebook.com/VinoVolo) and Twitter @vinovolo.  For more information, visit vinovolo.com.

Mayor Brown Appoints Ray Alfred to JAA Board - 3/7/2014

JACKSONVILLE, FL, March 7, 2014 — Ray Alfred, President/CEO of Emergency Responders’ Industries, Inc., has been appointed to the Jacksonville Aviation Authority Board of Directors by Mayor Alvin Brown. The appointment was confirmed by the full City Council on February 25.

Alfred will complete the unexpired term of Dr. Chester Aikens, who tragically passed away in December, through September 30, 2015. He will then serve his first full four-year term ending September 30, 2019.

“Chester was an extraordinary community leader. He was also my dentist and my friend ever since I moved to Jacksonville in 1996,” Alfred said.  “It is truly an honor to have the opportunity to serve out the rest of his term on the JAA Board.”

Alfred has served as Past Director/Fire Chief for the Jacksonville Fire Rescue Department and as Fire Chief for Washington, DC.

Alfred has served on multiple boards and committees, including International Association of Fire Chiefs Terrorism/Homeland Security Committee and an alumni of Leadership Jacksonville. 

Jacksonville International Airport Wins Airport Service Quality Award JAX places in top five in ACI-NA ‘Best Airport by Region’ - 3/5/2014

The Jacksonville AviationAuthority announced that Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) rankedamong the top five airports in the BestAirport by Region: North America category as part of the Airports CouncilInternational’s (ACI’s) 2013 Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Awards.        

“I am extremely proud thatJacksonville International Airport has been recognized as a leader in customerservice excellence,” said JAA Executive Director and CEO Steve Grossman. “Wehave a very hard working team consisting of JAA employees, airline employees, tenantemployees and volunteer airport ambassadors who go beyond, daily, to provide apositive airport experience for all of our customers”

The annual Airport Service Quality (ASQ)Awards recognize the best airports in the world according to ACI's ASQpassenger satisfaction survey. They represent the highest possible accolade forairport operators and are an opportunity to celebrate the commitment ofairports worldwide to continuously improve the passenger experience. This year,more than 200 airports across 50 countries participated in the survey for thehonor of being recognized as the best in their region of the world.

Jacksonville ranked number five in theNorth American region, with Indianapolis, Ottawa, Tampa and Sacramento,respectively, rounding out the top four. JAX saw its customer satisfactionnumbers in over 20 categories increase over last year.

For more information about JAA,please visit www.flyjacksonville.com

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