Current Press Releases

JAA Hires Mark VanLoh as New CEO

November 26, 2018

The Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) Board of Directors today unanimously selected Mark VanLoh as the agency’s next CEO. He succeeds Steve Grossman, who retired after nine years as JAA’s chief executive.

Addressing those gathered at today’s monthly board meeting, VanLoh said he’s excited to join JAA and continue to build on the authority’s growth. He takes over leadership of the four-airport aviation system Monday, December 3. 
VanLoh has a long history running airports. He has been President and CEO of the Tulsa Airports Authority since February 2017. Previously, he served 12 years as Director of Aviation for the city of Kansas City, Missouri, and President and CEO of the Chattanooga Airport Authority for nearly three years. 

VanLoh earned a B.S. degree in Business Administration, Aviation and Economics from Minnesota State University, Mankato. He served in the U.S. Army, 1st Calvary Division from 1978 to 1981.  

The aviation authority’s outside executive search firm, ADK Consulting & Executive Search, received 73 applications for the position. The firm narrowed the list to the top four candidates, each of whom was individually interviewed and ranked by the selection committee members. ADK President and CEO Doug Kuelpman noted that VanLoh was the clear winner in the rankings. 

JAA Names Interim CEO to Replace Retiring Steve Grossman; Elects New Slate of Board Officers

September 24, 2018

The Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) today unanimously selected Rusty Chandler to serve as interim CEO while the board searches for a replacement to Steve Grossman whose last day in the office is at the end of October.

Chandler is the Chief of Cecil Airport and general aviation, and is not seeking the job as permanent CEO. He joined JAA in 1998, after retiring from the U.S. Navy.  

Grossman has served as CEO of the four-airport aviation system for the past nine years. He previously served as director of aviation at the Port of Oakland. During his tenure, JAA has experienced unprecedented passenger and revenue growth, and received top ratings for its customer satisfaction.

The JAA Board also selected new officers for the 2018-2019 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. Jacksonville businessman Jay Demetree was elected as Chairman. Russ Thomas, Availity CEO, will serve as Vice Chairman. Ray Alfred, president and CEO of Emergency Responders’ Industries Inc., will serve as Secretary. Frank Mackesy, University of North Florida’s Director of Public Safety and Security/Police Chief, was elected Treasurer.   

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.    

Steve Grossman Set to Retire Later this Year

June 20, 2018

Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) today announced that Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Steve Grossman will retire at the end of 2018. Grossman became JAA CEO in September 2009, and oversees the operation, maintenance,development and marketing of all Authority assets, including Jacksonville International Airport (JAX), Cecil Airport/Spaceport, Jacksonville Executive at Craig Airport (JAXEX) and Herlong Recreational Airport.  He also provides policy recommendations to the JAA Board of Directors and serves as the primary JAA representative to the community.


Under Grossman’s leadership, JAA achieved operating profit margins of at least 30 percent each year.


“I want to thank Steve for his tireless and inspiredleadership over the past over 9 years,” said JAA Chair Giselle Carson. “UnderSteve’s leadership, JAX saw a recovery in passenger traffic after the greatrecession, celebrated its 50th anniversary, launched our Aviation Hall of Fame,developed Cecil Airport bringing over a thousand new jobs to the area andwatched Cecil Spaceport bring in new technology that will take us into thefuture.”


“It’s been an honor to be a part of the team at JAA and seethe establishment of a new positive and professional culture throughout theorganization. As part of the consolidated government, we have built bridges tothe city and other organizations that we work with and support,” said Grossman.“Receiving the award for the best airport for customer satisfaction in NorthAmerica is proof that customer service is what we’ve always been about, and I’mpleased to see recognition for JAX’s exceptional service come to fruitionduring my time as CEO.”


Grossman has been a member of the Airports Council International World Governing Board and is a past chairman of Airports Council International-North America, the association which represents airports across North America.  He currently is a member of the City of Jacksonville Tourist Development Council, the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce Board of Trustees, and the University of North Florida Transportation and Logistics Advisory Council.


Frontier Airlines Announces Expansion to 12 Nonstop Routes at Jacksonville International Airport

May 8, 2018

Fares as low as $39

JACKSONVILLE, FLA. – Low-Cost carrier, Frontier Airlines, is adding six new destinations from Jacksonville International Airport (JAX). Beginning in August, Frontier will operate flights from Jacksonville to Buffalo, N.Y., Kansas City, Mo., Las Vegas, Milwaukee, Wis., Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn. and St. Louis, Mo. To celebrate these new routes, Frontier is offering special introductory fares as low as $39 available now at

Frontier will now provide 12 non-stop destinations from JAX making Frontier the largest airline by number of destinations served at the airport. The airline currently offers flights to Austin, Chicago O’Hare, Cincinnati, Denver, Philadelphia and Trenton.  

“The greater Northern Florida and Jacksonville communities continue to respond well to our Low Fares Done Right philosophy,” said Tyri Squyres, vice president, marketing - Frontier Airlines. “We are proud to grow our commitment to this community and bring even more low fares to the area, now with 12 non-stop, low-fare destinations. We appreciate the continued support of the airport and the community and are proud to serve JAX with not only some of the lowest fares in the industry but also a good travel experience.”

F9 1416 Depart JAX: 2:35 p.m. Arrive BUF: 4:44 p.m. 
F9 1417 Depart BUF: 5:35 p.m. Arrive JAX: 9 p.m. 
Aircraft: Airbus A320
Frequency: Monday, Friday 
Service Start: August, 13

F9 811 Depart JAX: 7:50 a.m. Arrive MCI: 9:26 a.m. 
F9 810 Depart: MCI: 10:16 a.m. Arrive JAX: 1:41 p.m. 
Aircraft: Airbus A320
Frequency: Monday, Friday
Service Start: August, 13 

F9 763 Depart JAX: 8:45 p.m. Arrive LAS: 10:25 p.m. 
Frequency: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday 
F9 763 Depart JAX: 5:55 p.m. Arrive LAS: 10:35 p.m. 
Frequency: Wednesday, Saturday 
F9 762 Depart LAS: 11 p.m. Arrive JAX: 6:20 a.m.
Aircraft: Airbus A320
Frequency: Daily
Service Start: August, 12

F9 815 Depart JAX: 2:30 p.m. Arrive MKE: 3:53 p.m. 
F9 814 Depart MKE: 4:43 p.m. Arrive JAX: 8:01 p.m. 
Aircraft: Airbus A320 
Frequency: Wednesday, Saturday
Service Start: August, 15

F9 1165 Depart JAX: 8:05 a.m. Arrive MSP: 10:20 a.m. 
F9 1164 Depart MSP: 11:10 a.m. Arrive JAX: 3:13 p.m. 
Aircraft: Airbus A320
Frequency: Wednesday, Saturday
Service Start: August, 15

F9 1875 Depart JAX: 2:45 p.m. Arrive STL: 4 p.m. 
F9 1874 Depart STL: 4:50 p.m. Arrive JAX: 7:55 p.m. 
Aircraft: Airbus A320
Frequency: Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday
Service Start: August, 12

Frontier is focused on offering customers real choice and the ability to customize their travel to their needs and budget. For example, customers can purchase travel options like bags and seat selections either a la carte or in one low-priced bundle called the WORKSsm. The Works bundle is considered one of the best values in the industry and offers customers full refundability, a carry-on bag, a checked bag, the best available seat (including exit rows and Stretch seating), waived change fees and priority boarding for as low as $59 each way. The Works is only available at
Frontier flies one of the youngest fleets in the industry, the Airbus A320 Family of nearly 80 jet aircraft. With nearly 200 new planes on order, Frontier will continue to grow to deliver on the mission of providing affordable travel across America. Frontier’s young fleet also ensures that the company will continue to keep fares low and that customers will enjoy a pleasant and reliable experience flying with the airline.

About Frontier Airlines: 

Frontier Airlines is committed to delivering ‘Low Fares Done Right’ to nearly 90 cities in the United States, Canada, Dominican Republic and Mexico on more than 300 daily flights. Headquartered in Denver, Frontier Airlines is the proud recipient of the Federal Aviation Administration’s 2016 Diamond Award for maintenance excellence and was named the industry’s most fuel-efficient airline by The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) as a result of superior technology and operational efficiencies.

*About Intro Fare Offer:

Fares must be purchased by 11:59 pm Eastern time on May 9, 2018 for nonstop travel. Travel is valid  Aug. 12, 2018 through Nov. 14, 2018. Fares are valid Tuesdays and Wednesdays unless otherwise specified below:
Travel from Florida is valid Tuesday through Friday. Travel to Florida is valid Sunday through Wednesday.
Travel from Denver is valid Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday. Travel to Denver is valid Monday through Wednesday and Saturday.
Fares are one way and do not require roundtrip purchase. 
Discount Den fares are only available at to members of Discount Den.