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Jacksonville Aviation Authority Prepares For 2020 Holiday Travel Season

[Jacksonville, FL – November 10, 2020] With aspects of airportoperations modified in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the JacksonvilleAviation Authority (JAA) wants to make sure all Northeast Florida residentstraveling through Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) during the holidayseason know what to expect when they arrive at the airport.

“Since the onset of the pandemic, we havebeen laser-focused on implementing the aviation industry’s best practices inresponse to COVID-19, and we are confident that we will still provide a safeand enjoyable journey through JAX this holiday season,” said Mark VanLoh, CEOof JAA.

Travelers should anticipate the followingchanges when traveling through JAX over the holidays.  

Parking: Economy Lot #1 will open only on Wednesday,Nov. 25 from 6:00 A.M.-6:00 P.M for Thanksgiving travel. All vehicles parked inEconomy Lot #1 must exit by November 30. In April, JAA dramatically reducedon-airport parking rates in the daily and hourly garages and the daily surfacelot. 

 

Parking Location

Daily Rate

Hourly Garage

$10.00

Daily Garage

$10.00

Daily Surface Lot

$7.00

Economy Lot #1

$6.00


Concessions:
Several restaurants in theterminal are open to accommodate the influx of travelers but with limited menusand modified hours.

COVID-19 safety: JAA provides allinformation related to the airport’s COVID-19 response at JaxAirportCares.com. While many procedureswere in effect at the start of the COVID-19 crisis, these enhanced protectivemeasures are currently in place for the well-being of travelers: 

 

  • Facial Coverings: Travelers are required to wear a facial covering when in the terminal, per the City of Jacksonville’s mask mandate. Masks will be provided to any traveler that may not have one available.

 

  • Frequent cleaning of high-touch areas throughout the terminal: Janitorial staff adhere to CDC guidelines for cleaning, utilize CDC recommended cleaning solutions, and conduct frequent disinfection of high-touch areas.  

 

  • Stand-alone and wall-mounted hand sanitizers: Stand-alone and wall-mounted hand sanitizers have been installed in strategic locations throughout the terminal. 

 

  • Plexiglas barriers at ticketing, information desk and gates: Plexiglas screening barriers (or sneeze guards) are installed at ticket counters, gates and other locations where employees have direct contact with the public.

      

  • Reduced seating at restaurants and food courts: Seating at open restaurants and the food court areas have been reduced to limit crowding and promote social distancing.

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TheJacksonville Aviation Authority operates Jacksonville International Airport(JAX) and the city's three general aviation airports - Cecil Airport,Jacksonville Executive at Craig Airport (JAXEX) and Herlong RecreationalAirport. The Authority, funded through user fees and not local taxes,contributes over $6 billion annually to the local economy. For more informationabout the Jacksonville Aviation Authority's airports, please visit www.flyjacksonville.com.


Jacksonville Aviation Authority elects new board leadership for FY 20-21

[Jacksonville, FL – 28 September 2020] At its bi-monthly board meeting this morning, the Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) elected new leadership for FY20-21. Patrick Kilbane is the newly elected board chair, having previously served as board chair in 2016-2017.

Kilbane most recently served as vice-chair and succeeds Russell Thomas as chair. He is the General Counsel and a Wealth Advisor for Ullmann Brown Wealth Partners headquartered in Jacksonville Beach. He was appointed by Gov. Rick Scott in 2014 and his second full term on the board expires on Sept. 30, 2021. Kilbane also currently chairs the 4th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission.

Ray Alfred will serve as vice-chair. Alfred most recently served as treasurer and was appointed to the board by Mayor Alvin Brown in 2014. He is the president and CEO of Emergency Responders’ Industries, Inc., and past director/fire chief for the Jacksonville Fire Rescue Department. 

Michelle B. Barnett will serve as secretary. She was appointed by Gov. Ron DeSantis to the board in 2019. Barnett is an attorney and a founding shareholder with Alexander, DeGance, Barnett, P.A. She also currently serves as president of the Jacksonville Bar Association.

Jay Demetree will serve as treasurer. Demetree was appointed to JAA’s board by Mayor Lenny Curry in 2015. 
Demetree, a Jacksonville native, is president and CEO of Demetree Brothers, Inc., a leading full-service real estate developer and property manager based in Jacksonville, serving clients throughout Florida and the Southeast. 

“We are fortunate to have two tested leaders in Russell Thomas and Patrick Kilbane chairing our board consecutively as we respond to the challenges that COVID-19 has dealt the aviation industry,” JAA Chief Executive Officer Mark VanLoh said.“I look forward to working with Patrick and the board to restore air service to Jacksonville and maintain the confidence of travelers that we are doing everything we can to keep them safe.” [DRAFT – FOR APPROVAL]

The JAA’s 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 may serve two consecutive 4-year terms.? 

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

Jacksonville Aviation Authority Reduces Parking Rates For Travelers




[Jacksonville, FL – April 27, 2020] The Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) will temporarily consolidate parking resources at Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) and dramatically reduce on-airport parking rates in the Daily/Hourly Garages and the Daily Surface Lot effective Tuesday, April 28. 

Parking in the Hourly and Daily Garage will now cost $10/day, with parking in the Daily Surface Lot reduced to $7/day. These temporary rates are commensurate with what JAA charged nearly 20 years ago for parking at JAX in 2002. 

While parking rates are reduced, all three economy lots will be closed. Doing so will help minimize the potential spread of COVID-19 on shuttle buses, which are frequently cleaned. The rate reduction to the Hourly/Daily Garages and Daily Surface Lot allows travelers to affordably park within walking distance of the terminal while safely adhering to social distancing guidelines. 

“COVID-19 has not diminished our efforts to make air travel safer, more convenient, and more affordable for our customers. I am especially proud of our team for mobilizing quickly to consolidate our parking resources, making parking options closer to the terminal more affordable. We remain in close contact with local, state, and federal officials and our industry colleagues to look for additional ways to serve our customers and protect public health,” said JAA CEO Mark VanLoh.

For returning customers needing transportation to their cars in the economy lots, pick-up will be available on an on-call basis. Signs will be posted providing contact information for shuttle service.

Jacksonville’s Cecil Spaceport is counting down to ‘liftoff’

The former Navy jet base is ahead of the game with continued progress into commercial space development and expects to begin launching into orbit within the year.

The plans for Cecil Spaceport have long been in the making, but there’s been little visible progress of space operations at the former U.S. naval air station on Jacksonville’s Westside. But 2020 promises to be a threshold year, according to officials overseeing the development.

“2020 is a big year,” said Todd Lindner, director of Cecil Spaceport since March 2017 for the Jacksonville Aviation Authority. Lindner, who is also a pilot, has been connected to Spaceport plans since 2006 and understands some of the skepticism.

But 2019 saw the addition of aerospace contractor Aevum Inc. for space vehicle development. The company, based in Huntsville, Ala., was awarded a $4.9 million contract from the Air Force Space and Missile Systems center to launch small satellites to low earth orbit from Cecil Spaceport, which is a “horizontal” launch point.

That’s the kind of launches similar to airplanes that take off from runways as opposed to “vertical” launch vehicles that take off from launch pads at Cape Canaveral.

Aevum’s project will eventually launch Department of Defense Space Test Program missions. Aevum joins Generation Orbit, a contractor that’s already been working on projects at the Cecil Spaceport since 2014.

Engine testing for spacecraft has already taken place at Cecil, with this year expected to see more and possibly some launches. In January, the U.S. Air Force Research laboratory completed an engine firing test at the facility. The testing of the X-60A engine was on-ground, meaning it did not take flight. But the firing of the single-stage rocket engine is hypersonic and is designed to reach Mach 5 speeds. It was tested under the oversight of Generation Orbit, JAA officials said.

Lindner said much of the activity will ultimately be determined by the Federal Aviation Administration. But the next year will bring action.

“You’re going to see some actualization,” Lindner said. “It’s still in its infancy. FAA is not going to let anything to occur that could potentially harm the non-participating public.”

In 2020 the federal government is working toward more contracts beyond what have been awarded. But the initial space flights will be substantial from existing contractors, Lindner said.

“They will be taking an aircraft with a rocket attached to it and flying it through our flight corridor and operating range over the Atlantic Ocean and releasing that rocket. It will ignite and it will go,” Lindner said.

Cecil Spaceport is not on its own in terms of oversight from the JAA, and the physical facilities are changing rapidly. There are multiple governmental entities seeking to see the spaceport succeed, Lindner said. Beyond the contractors, the “partners” include Space Florida, the Florida Department of Transportation and FAA among others.

The operations control center is a $1.8 million facility along with another $7 million for the air traffic control tower — both are being finalized. FDOT, FAA and Space Florida are combining forces to cover those costs, Lindner said.

“We have the infrastructure in place right now to accommodate operations,” Lindner said, noting the Spaceport will also be adding facilities as contractors need them for specific purposes and that process is will likely undergo multiple modifications.

Aaron Bowman, senior vice president of business development for JAX Chamber, said the First Coast has always had a solid association with the aerospace industry due to the presence of multiple military installations. But the Spaceport will be key to taking it further.

“I think it’s going to be very important,” said Bowman, former commander of Naval Station Mayport and a current Jacksonville city councilman. He said much of the space development will involve “nano satellite launching” which takes payloads into low orbit and they disintegrate upon re-entry.

“That means once companies and governments sending satellites into low orbit, if they want to maintain that capability, they will have to replace them,” Bowman said. “As far as Cecil, we’ll be one of the few on the eastern seaboard.”


Commercial spaceports are in the very infancy of development. But it’s clear that Cape Canaveral will no longer have a monopoly on space transportation development. There is already competition for developments of spaceports elsewhere.

Beyond Cecil, Camden County, Ga., is already vying for its own space transportation facility. The county announced in December it is completing its FAA application to build a commercial space launch site. The Camden County Commission said plans are being modified for smaller space vehicles.

Camden County Administrator Steve Howard said while the county has been angling for commercial space development for a couple of years, it’s best to remain versatile in the commercial space race.

“The space industry has progressed dramatically since we started this process,” Howard said. “Smaller launch vehicles and small internet and defense satellites have become far and away the biggest market segment for Spaceport Camden.”

It’s not clear how long Camden County’s FAA application and modified plans will take to process before the aviation agency makes a decision.

Fortunately for Cecil Spaceport, Jacksonville’s interests have been long running and they have a jump on the game, said JAA CEO Mark VanLoh.

“When I first came to Jacksonville [in 2018], I thought ‘Well that’s a nice gimmick,’” VanLoh said. “And all of the sudden I see and have met some of the CEOs of some of these companies and they’re serious. ... This is happening.”


Ultimately, it’s taken about 20 years to get commerce running on levels on the 17,000 acres of Cecil where the U.S. Navy turned the property over to the city. The Spaceport will help keep that at a high level, Bowman said.

“Building buildings out there is certainly exciting to me and we’ll be giving them leases. These are all going to be high-wage jobs,” Bowman said.

Spaceport could help raise the profile of Cecil, and Bowman said it’s a profile that’s been sorely overlooked.

“Many don’t give us enough credit for the aerospace that we’ve got... Now you’ve got some great options,” Bowman said. “It gives us another leg of the stool because now we’ve got this whole other industry out there. It’s a big deal.”

VanLoh acknowledged it’s hard to put a price tag on Spaceport development.

“It’s important to JAA because we were one of the first to be designated a Spaceport,” VanLoh said. “The technology has caught up. The commercial part of this has started to realize how important this is. We can’t just rely on NASA and the military to put commercial objects in orbit.”

Private industry can do it faster, efficiently and more affordably, VanLoh said.


“It’s another one of those feathers in the cap,” VanLoh said. “We want companies to relocate here for the business. Cecil is one of those assets.”

The Cecil Spaceport itself only employs about a dozen people on staff, Lindner said. Then more specialists will be hired, but it will remain a limited staff. The contractors themselves will be the big boost in employment, potentially bringing in as many as 300 workers for each company.

That’s going to be on top of about 3,400 people a day working at the Cecil industrial area for various commercial entities not associated with Spaceport.

“The bulk of economic impact is going to come from the support industries,” Lindner said ”... Payload preparation, people who are building the payloads, materials people, liquid oxygen, propellant and oxidizer industry, manufacturing, that’s going to be a huge part of the industry as well. I don’t see ours or any spaceport for that matter making a majority of their revenue from the launches themselves.”

Gov. DeSantis Appoints Michelle Bedoya Barnett, Mayor Curry Reappoints Jay Demetree to JAA Board

October 18, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis has appointed Michelle Bedoya Barnett to a vacancy on the Jacksonville Aviation Authority board of directors, replacing Teresa Davlantes, whose second term on the board expired this month. Mayor Lenny Curry also reappointed Jay Demetree, who most recently served as board chairman, for a second four-year term on the JAA board.

Barnett is an attorney and a founding shareholder with Alexander, DeGance, Barnett, P.A. Previously, she spent six years with the law firm of Holland & Knight. She has served on the Jacksonville Bar Association’s Board of Governors since 2014 and currently serves as president-elect of the Jacksonville Bar Association. She earned her bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Florida and her juris doctorate from Vanderbilt Law School. Barnett is appointed to a four-year term.

Demetree is president and CEO of Demetree Brothers, Inc., a leading full-service real estate developer and property manager based in Jacksonville, serving clients throughout Florida and the Southeast. He is a graduate of Georgia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in industrial management. 

Barnett’s appointment is subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate and Demetree’s re-appointment is subject to confirmation by City Council.

JAA's Board of Directors 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 serves a maximum of two consecutive four-year terms. In addition to Teresa Davlantes, another member, Frank Mackesy, has concluded his second full term on the board and will continue to serve until Gov. DeSantis appoints his replacement.

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

JAA ends fiscal year with all-time high passenger count, begins new year with new board leadership

October 1, 2019


At its regularly scheduled board meeting, the Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) announced that enplaned and deplaned passengers at Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) for fiscal year 2019 to date are the highest in the airport’s history. Commencing September 2018, through August 2019, each month had the highest number of enplaned and deplaned passengers in the airport’s history for that month.


For fiscal year to date, October 2018, through August 2019, there were 7,067,882 enplanements and deplanements at JAX, representing a 16.41 percent increase over the same period the prior fiscal year.


The board elected Russell Thomas as JAA’s board chairman effective October 1, 2019. He replaces Jay Demetree, who will continue to serve as a board member. Thomas was appointed to the board by Mayor Lenny Curry in 2015. He is the chief executive officer for Availity, a national health care technology company headquartered in Jacksonville.


Other newly elected officers include Patrick Kilbane as vice-chair, Giselle Carson as secretary, and Ray Alfred as treasurer. Kilbane and Carson were appointed to the board by Gov. Rick Scott in 2014. Alfred was appointed to the board by Mayor Alvin Brown in 2014.


“Jay Demetree’s leadership helped us make the most of the tremendous growth JAX experienced this year. We appreciate his continued service on the board and look forward to working with Russell Thomas in his new role as chair,” said Mark VanLoh, chief executive officer for the Jacksonville Aviation Authority.


JAA's Board of Directors is comprised of seven members. Three members are appointed by Jacksonville's mayor. The others are appointed by the governor of Florida. Each board member may serve a maximum of two consecutive four-year terms. Two members, Frank Mackesy and Teresa Davlantes, concluded their second full terms on the board and will continue to serve until Gov. Ron DeSantis appoints their replacement.


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

Jacksonville International Airport ranks among best U.S. airports for customer satisfaction

September 26, 2019

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Jacksonville International Airport has earneda top spot among comparably sized airports for customer satisfaction in the J.D.Power 2019 North American Airport Satisfaction Survey.

 

“We are thrilled to berecognized for the excellent customer service we provide at JAX. Our airport isa gateway to the Northeast Florida region that our community can be proud of,” sharedMark VanLoh, Chief Executive Officer of the Jacksonville Aviation Authority(JAA). “As our team meets the challenges of record passenger growth and managingongoing improvements to our parking facilities and terminal, our sights arestill firmly set on our number one goal: ensuring that JAX provides anoutstanding passenger experience to all travelers.”

 

JAX was ranked second placewith a score of 831 points based on a 1,000 point scale. The average score forother medium-sized airports was 803.

 

Last year, JAX was thefastest-growing airport in the United States, and in July it generated the mostrevenue in one month in the airport’s history.

 

JAA invites customer feedback through a survey on itswebsite, flyjax.com

Autonomous Launch and Space Logistics Company Wins Major Air Force Contract To Launch Small Satellites from Cecil Spaceport; Represents Cecil’s Second Space Launch Operator

September 17, 2019

Aevum Inc., a Huntsville, Ala. company, has been awarded a $4.9 million contract from the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center to launch small satellites to low Earth orbit (LEO) from Cecil Spaceport.

The Agile Small Launch Operational Normalizer (ASLON) 45 space lift mission will support the Department of Defense Space Test Program and other government agencies. 

This will be the first Air Force mission for Aevum. The initial launch is scheduled for the third quarter of 2021. As a result, Aevum will be opening and expanding its operational facility in Jacksonville. 

“This is exciting news for Cecil Spaceport that we believe validates Jacksonville’s position as an emerging player in the space industry,” said Mark VanLoh, CEO of the Jacksonville Aviation Authority, which owns and operates Cecil Airport and Cecil Spaceport.

Cecil is one of the few commercial horizontal liftoff spaceports licensed by the Federal Aviation Authority in the U.S. Aevum is the second company to enter into an operating agreement with the JAA.

“Aevum offers customers a flexible and streamlined approach to delivering payloads to LEO, which will contribute to the company's operational success and be instrumental in shaping Cecil Spaceport’s future operations,” said Todd Lindner, Director of Cecil Spaceport. 

“Aevum’s selection of Cecil Spaceport as the first spaceport for autonomous launch and space logistics operations comes after an extensive evaluation process, of all FAA-licensed spaceports, that began in 2017. Right from the start, my team and I were thoroughly impressed by Cecil Spaceport’s readiness for launch operations. After completing the competitive RFP process with top spaceports, Cecil Spaceport was a clear winner for us.” said Jay Skylus, Founder and CEO of Aevum. “Aevum sincerely looks forward to working with Cecil Spaceport to successfully deliver small satellites to orbit and supporting the US Air Force.”

Construction begins on new air traffic control tower and spaceport operations center at Cecil Airport

July 31, 2019

The Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) has begun construction on a new air traffic control tower and spaceport operations center at Cecil Airport, with completion projected in early 2021.

“The construction of our new control tower and operations center marks an exciting new development as we prepare to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the transition from NAS Cecil Field to Cecil Airport later this year,” said JAA chief executive officer Mark VanLoh. “We look forward to providing an outstanding new facility to serve the industry leaders who operate at Cecil and advance our region’s reputation for world-class aviation and aerospace opportunities.” 

With a total cost of $8.9 million, the new tower will be funded by JAA and matching Florida Department of Transportation and Space Florida funding. The contractor, Walbridge Southeast LLC, has begun digging for utilities at the future base of the tower. 

The current tower’s view of the airport is partially obstructed by newer hangars, but in the new tower, air traffic controllers will have unimpeded views of all 6,000 acres, including the new Fire Station 73. The current tower will be removed once the new tower is operational. 

In addition to the new air traffic control tower, the spaceport operation center and mission control will house telemetry and weather monitoring equipment to support Cecil Spaceport. Cecil Spaceport is the first FAA-licensed horizontal launch commercial spaceport on the East Coast and only the eighth to be licensed in the United States.

JAA plans a commissioning ceremony which will be open to the public near the completion of the project. More details will become available as the ceremony approaches.

Allegiant Announces New, Nonstop Service from JAX to Grand Rapids, Michigan

June 19, 2019

The Jacksonville Aviation Authority announced that Allegiant Air will begin twice-weekly service between Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) and Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR) in Grand Rapids, Mich., beginning Friday, Oct. 4. 
 
Flights will depart JAX at 11:14 a.m. on Mondays and Fridays, and arrive at GRR at approximately 1:31 p.m.  Flights from GRR will depart at 8:15 a.m. on Mondays and Fridays, and arrive at JAX at approximately 10:29 a.m.  
 
This will be the first nonstop air service from Jacksonville to?Grand Rapids. With the new Grand Rapids route, Allegiant will offer service to eight destinations from JAX, mostly in the Midwest. 

“Nonstop service to Grand Rapids will make it easy for Midwest travelers to see all that Northeast Florida has to offer," JAA CEO Mark VanLoh said. “It also means that our community will have direct access to one of Michigan's most beautiful cities."

For fares, reservations and more information on Allegiant, visit their website at allegiantair.com.? 

Design Team Selected for New Concourse B at Jacksonville International Airport

May 2, 2019

In one of the first steps toward constructing a new, third concourse at Jacksonville International Airport (JAX), the Jacksonville Aviation Authority on Wednesday selected the top ranked firm to perform all design services for the project.

The Jacobs/RS&H team was ranked as the most qualified of the six proposals submitted. JAA and the Jacobs/RS&H team will now negotiate a contract, which will be presented to an Awards Committee before final approval by JAA CEO Mark VanLoh.

Meanwhile, JAA anticipates selecting a Construction Manager at Risk in the next several weeks to construct Concourse B.

JAA is adding a third concourse to meet the growing demands of air travel into and out of Jacksonville.   A record number of passengers flew through JAX in March, marking 18 consecutive months of year-over-year growth.

Jacksonville International Airport Continues Growth, Sees All-time Busiest Month in March 2019

April 22, 2019 

March2019 was the busiest month, not just the busiest March, in the history of JacksonvilleInternational Airport. A total of 664,479 passengers, including 329,674 enplanementsand 334,805 deplanements, passed through the airport in March.

March’s recordnumbers represent a continuation of 18 consecutive months of year-over-yeargrowth at JAX, dating from October of 2017. Moreover, every month since August2018 has set all-time passenger records for that month in JAX’s history –August 2018 was the busiest August ever, September 2018 the busiest Septemberever, etc.

“I couldn’t beprouder of the whole JAX team,” said Mark VanLoh, CEO of the JacksonvilleAviation Authority. “These numbers aren’t just a flash in the pan. Theydemonstrate sustained, steady growth, and speak to not only the competence ofour team but also the attractiveness of Jacksonville as a destination for bothbusiness and pleasure.”

March 2019 saw99 more flights and 18,002 more available seats per week than March 2018.Airport executives expect JAX’s strong growth to continue through the rest of2019.


Major Renovation Project to Start in Jacksonville International Airport Parking Garages

April 18, 2019

Beginning Friday, April 19, the Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) initiates a major repair and refurbishment project in the airport parking garages, resulting in temporary closures to portions of the facilities as work progresses. Work begins in the Hourly Garage and will continue through the Daily Garage.

The first section of the Hourly Garage closing to public parking is the southside of the 3rd and 4th floor, and the departure level entrance to the garage. For the duration of the project, customers should follow posted signage to access available parking.

Once work in that area is completed and reopened, other areas of the parking garage will close incrementally for refurbishment until the project is completed in late-2020.

Passengers are advised to allow additional time to find parking, in case their first option is not available. Arriving 2 hours before departure is recommended to ensure enough time for parking, check-in and getting through security.

For those people picking up arriving passengers, the cell phone lot offers free parking until the passenger is at the arrivals curb.

For airport parking questions, please call the parking lot office at 904-741-2277.

 


Jacksonville Airports Contribute $6 Billion to the Florida Economy

April 3, 2019 – A new economic impact study by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) found that Jacksonville Aviation Authority’s (JAA) four-airport system contributes more than $6 billion annually to the local economy.

The Florida Statewide Aviation Economic Impact Study measured the benefits of on-airport impacts, visitor spending impacts, and multiplier impacts of Jacksonville International Airport (JAX), Jacksonville Executive at Craig Airport (JAXEX), Cecil Airport, and Herlong Recreational Airports.

“As this FDOT study shows, our aviation system is a significant contributor to Northeast Florida’s economy,” said JAA CEO Mark VanLoh. “The expected growth at each of our four airports will continue fueling the region’s financial health.” 

The report was prepared as part of the Florida Aviation System Plan’s (FASP) 2018 update and provided the estimated annual economic impact on Florida’s 20 commercial service airports, 100 public-use general aviation airports, and 11 military aviation facilities. A total economic impact of $175 billion dollars is generated annually by aviation in Florida.

Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) generates $3,194,422,000, the highest economic impact of the four airports the JAA operates. It supports 26,396 jobs generating a payroll of close to one billion dollars. The airport also offers educational tours and an internship program through local colleges.

The Jacksonville Executive at Craig Airport (JAXEX) created 885 jobs, establishing a payroll of close to $33 million and provides an economic impact of over $100 million. Given its location between downtown Jacksonville and the beach, the airport attracts corporate and business users, and is home to several flight schools.

Cecil Airport provides Northeast Florida with an economic impact of close to $3 billion, over 11,000 jobs and a total payroll of close to $700 million. Cecil Airport is a public joint civil-military airport and spaceport serving military aircraft, corporate aircraft, general aviation, and air cargo.

Herlong Recreational is JAA’s smallest airport but still provides Florida with an economic impact of $52,471,000 and created 379 jobs with a total payroll of over $16 million.  This airport has been Northeast Florida’s primary location for light sport aircraft, skydiving, gliders, and other experimental aircraft since the 1960’s. It is home to the Soaring Society Glider Club and supports a private charter company, a flight school, skydiving business, and a maintenance shop.

For more information about the economic impact studies, visit http://ow.ly/bXFU30ojs3d


Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) Among Best North American Airports for Customer Satisfaction

March 6, 2019 

The Airports Council International (ACI), the trade association ofthe world’s airports, announced the winners of the 2018 Airport Service Quality(ASQ) Awards and JAX Airport ranked among the best North American Airports for customersatisfaction. 

“Despite challenges brought on by record growth, the JAX airport communityincreased efforts to deliver world-class service to more passengers than anyyear in our history,” Jacksonville Aviation Authority CEO Mark VanLoh said.“Looking toward the future, we believe ongoing facility upgrades will ensurecontinued customer satisfaction.”

The ASQ program is unique asthe airport industry’s only global benchmarking program measuring overallsatisfaction of passengers at the airport. The statistically-valid survey ofpassengers covers over 30 areas of the customer service experience includingcheck-in, security, wayfinding, food & beverage, cleanliness, and more. Theresulting database allows for a comprehensive analysis of the customer serviceexperience at each participating airport.

2018 ASQ results place ASQAwards winners among the world’s best airports for the quality of theircustomer service experience.

JAX shares the award for the NorthAmerican airports serving 5-15 million annual passengers with Indianapolis and SanAntonio.


Jacksonville International Airport Sets New Record for Annual Passenger Traffic

January 24, 2019 – The Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) announced that Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) passenger traffic reached a new high in 2018, its 50th anniversary year. The 6,460,253 travelers eclipsed the previous record of 6,319,501, set in 2007. Additionally, seven of the 12 months of 2018 set records for monthly passenger traffic at JAX.

“This is an excellent milestone for our organization and Jacksonville as a whole,” said JAA CEO Mark VanLoh. “It’s reflective of the quality work done by the entire JAA team as well as Jacksonville’s status as a dynamic and attractive city.”

The 6.4 million passengers represent a nearly 900,000-passenger increase over 2017, a 16% bump. VanLoh attributes the growth to a number of factors, including carriers adding new destinations, increased flight frequency to existing destinations, larger aircraft flying existing routes, and Frontier and Spirit airlines starting service at JAX.

Moving forward into 2019, JAA expects continued growth as well as customer service enhancements. Southwest has transitioned from weekend-only seasonal service to daily nonstop service to Dallas-Love Field; Spirit starts daily nonstop service to Baltimore and Fort Lauderdale on February 14; Frontier nonstop service to Raleigh-Durham begins April 30; and “The Club JAX”, a shared-use lounge, is expected to open in the terminal during the early summer.

Frontier Airlines Adds New Flight from JAX

January 8, 2019

Frontier Airlines is adding another non-stop destination from Jacksonville International Airport (JAX). 

Beginning April 30, Frontier will operate three weekly flights to Raleigh-Durham (RDU), North Carolina, on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, using an A320 aircraft.

The airline currently offers non-stop service to Denver, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Chicago O’Hare, Philadelphia, St. Louis and Trenton.  

To book your flight, visit www.flyfrontier.com.

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 FlyFrontier.com.

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.”

JACKSONVILLE (JAX) to/from BUFFALO (BUF) 
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
Seasonal 

JACKSONVILLE (JAX) to/from KANSAS CITY (MCI) 
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 
Seasonal

JACKSONVILLE (JAX) to/from LAS VEGAS (LAS) 
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

JACKSONVILLE (JAX) to/from MILWAUKEE (MKE) 
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
Seasonal

JACKSONVILLE (JAX) to/from MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (MSP)
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
Seasonal 

JACKSONVILLE (JAX) to/from ST. LOUIS (STL)
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
Seasonal 

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 FlyFrontier.com.
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 FlyFrontier.com to members of Discount Den.

JAXto/fromBUF59
JAXto/fromLAS79
JAXto/fromMCI59
JAXto/fromMKE49
JAXto/fromMSP49
JAXto/fromSTL39

Governor Scott Reappoints Two to Jacksonville Aviation Authority Board of Directors

November 27, 2017

Governor Rick Scott announced the reappointment of Giselle Carson and Patrick Kilbane to the Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) Board of Directors.

Carson, 49, of Jacksonville, is an attorney and shareholder with Marks Gray PA. Carson received her bachelor’s degree from McGill University and her law degree from the Florida Coastal School of Law. She is reappointed for a term beginning November 21, 2017, and ending September 30, 2021. 

Most recently, Ms. Carson was elected Board Chair for fiscal year 2017-2018, beginning October 1, 2017.

Kilbane, 38, of Jacksonville, is a financial advisor with Ullmann Brown Wealth Advisors. He received his law degree from the University of Notre Dame. Until September 30, 2017, he served as the Chair for the JAA Board of Directors. He is reappointed for a term beginning November 21, 2017, and ending September 30, 2021. 

For more information and to contact JAA board members, please visit their web page.
 
For more information about JAA, please visit www.flyjacksonville.com. 

United Airlines Begins Non-Stop Service to Denver Daily flights begin April 2018

November 21, 2017 – United Airlines announced today it will offer daily nonstop service between Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) and Denver International Airport (DEN), beginning April 9, 2018. 

“United Airlines is excited about offering this convenient new route to Northeast Florida,” said Grant Whitney, United’s vice president of Domestic Network Planning. “Our service between Denver and Jacksonville will connect more customers to the Rocky Mountain region and beyond through United’s extensive route network.”

The flight is on a 76-seat E-175 aircraft with a two-class cabin. Here is the daily flight schedule:  
DEN-JAXOne Flight DailyDeparts 9:45 a.m.Arrives 3:19 p.m.
JAX-DENOne Flight DailyDeparts 3:55 p.m.Arrives 6:13 p.m.

“United’s addition of the JAX-DEN route is a win-win for our customers,” Jacksonville Aviation Authority Executive Director/CEO Steve Grossman said. “The community now has more non-stop options to both a popular leisure destination and connections to the west and international markets.”

Passengers can now book this flight at united.com.

Accreditation Team Invites Public Comments About the Jacksonville Aviation Authority Police Department

October 9, 2017

A team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) will arrive November 7, 2017, to examine all aspects of the Jacksonville Aviation Authority Police Department’s (JAAPD) policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services, Director of Public Safety Mark Stevens announced today.  The JAAPD has to comply with approximately 260 standards in order to receive accredited status.  Many of the standards are critical to life, health and safety issues. 

As part of the on-site assessment, agency members and the general public are invited to offer comments to the assessment team.  A copy of the standards is available through Jacksonville Aviation Authority Public Information Officer at 904-741-2000.

For more information regarding CFA or for persons wishing to offer written comments about the JAAPD’s ability to meet the standards of accreditation, please send comments to:

CFA
P.O. Box 1489
Tallahassee, Florida  32302
or email to info@flaccreditation.org.

The Accreditation Program Manager for JAAPD is Officer Maria Rayburn. She said the assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar agencies.  The assessors will review written materials; interview individuals; and visit offices and other places where compliance can be witnessed.  The CFA Assessment Team Leader is Lieutenant Mark Buffington from the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office.  Other team members are Officer Laura Chitty from the Casselberry Police Department and Mr. Rick Gaylord from the Ormond Beach Police Department.

Once the CFA’s assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full Commission. If deemed in compliance with all standards, JAAPD will earn accredited status for three years.
 
While a voluntary process, accreditation is a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence. 

JAA Board of Directors Elects New Officers

September 25, 2017

The Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) Board of Directors today unanimously elected Giselle Carson as chairwoman for the 2017-2018 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1.
 
Carson is a shareholder at the Marks Gray law firm in Jacksonville where she is a recognized business immigration and compliance attorney. She was appointed to JAA board by Gov. Rick Scott, and replaces Patrick Kilbane, who will continue to serve as a board member.
 
The other newly elected officers include Jay Demetree as vice chairman, Russell Thomas as secretary and Teresa H. Davlantes as treasurer.

JAA's Board of Directors 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 up to two consecutive four-year terms.

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

Iris Booth Allows Travelers to Snap Professional Headshots on-the-go

August 18, 2017

New Company Makes Florida debut at JacksonvilleInternational Airport (JAX)

Iris Booth, a Canadian-based photo booth allowing travelers to take, edit and download professional headshots, has opened its first Florida location at JAX.

“The product is essentially a photography studio shrunk down to 20 square feet,” said Sue Siri, CEO/Founder of Iris Booth. “While the photos look like they were shot and edited by a professional photographer, the process is as simple as taking a selfie.”

Iris Booth delivers the control and comfort you won’t find with a traditional photo shoot. Its key feature is a large touch-screen monitor with step-by-step instructions guiding users through the photography process. After a photo is taken, users can retouch the image and within 3-5 minutes share the finished product via text, email and on social media.

Located post-security next to Vino Volo, the Iris Booth offers business and leisure travelers a quick and cost effective way to take a high quality professional headshot. The cost for a single headshot is $20, or six for $25.

“We’re excited JAX is the first Florida location for Iris Booth,” Steve Grossman Jacksonville Aviation Authority CEO said. “Whether you’re in need of a professional headshot, or a new profile picture for Facebook, it is a quick, inexpensive option for all travelers.” 

To learn more about the Iris Booth, watch the video tutorial: https://vimeo.com/222504260

Jacksonville International Airport Opens Aviation History Museum

June 13, 2017

The Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) opened the first phase of its new exhibit, “Jacksonville Takes Flight: North Florida Aviation History from 1878 to 1941.”

Featuring the area’s aviation milestones and memorabilia from an era when Florida was sparsely populated and Jacksonville was the state’s “big city”, the new space also allows travelers to view aircraft movement on the ramp.

Phase I of the exhibit begins on January 28, 1878, when a hot air balloon containing one man was sighted floating a “mile high” over the city at 5:00 p.m., and ends on the eve of World War II, when the military created bases bigger than most Florida cities. 

Phase II of the gallery exhibit will begin at the end of World War II, and conclude with the most recent accomplishments. This phase should be completed in 2018, when JAX celebrates its 50th anniversary at its current location.

In addition to a wall mural featuring highlights and photos of significant events in Jacksonville’s aviation history, seven cases display a variety of aviation artifacts. Travelers can also access interactive display monitors that reveal more interesting information about our area’s long term relationship with aviation.

Visitors are welcome to enjoy the pre-security museum located next to the center courtyard food court. It is open daily from 5:00 a.m. to midnight.

Link to photos: http://ow.ly/nlEp30cytfN

New Parking Rates at JAX-New Rates Include 30 free Minutes in Hourly Garage

May 23, 2017

The Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) announced a parking rate adjustment at Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) for the first time since 2011. 

The rate adjustments become effective on June 1, 2017, and include free parking for the first 30 minutes in the Hourly Garage.

Daily rates in the Economy Lots remain the same at $5. 

Incremental parking for the first day in the Hourly and Daily Garages and the Daily Surface Lot changes from $1.50/20 minutes, to $2.00/30 minutes. 

Subsequent days are charged at flat rates at each facility.

In the Hourly Garage, the daily rate is $20.00/day, up from $18/day. 

Daily rates for the Daily Garage rose $1.00 to $15.00/day. 

The Daily Surface Lot is $9.00/day, a $1.00 increase.

The daily valet parking rate increased to a flat $24.

For more information on the new rates or parking programs, please contact the parking office at (904)741-2277.

Temporary TSA Precheck Enrollment Available at Jacksonville International Airport

May 10, 2017

Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) will open a temporary office for travelers wishing to sign up for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Precheck program. Just in time for the busy summer travel season, passengers can enroll in TSA Precheck at the airport terminal from May 15 – May 26.

TSA Precheck allows individuals to travel securely and efficiently without having to remove items such as shoes, belts and light jackets or liquids and laptops from their luggage.

Passengers can begin the application process online now, then make an appointment to complete enrollment in TSA Precheck at a pre-security office located near the information booth in the terminal.

Appointments can be made for the following dates and times:
May 15 – 17: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
May 18 – 19: 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
May 22 – 26: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Only after obtaining a “Known Traveler Number” (KTN) will passengers be able to use the TSA Precheck lane. Receiving the KTN could take several days.

“TSA Precheck is a great way for passengers to ease the transition through security checkpoint when they travel to and from JAX.” said Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) CEO Steve Grossman. “We are delighted to provide this convenient option to travelers coming through our airport.”

For additional information or to enroll in TSA Precheck, please visit www.tsa.gov.

Jacksonville Aviation Authority and Lyft Sign Transportation Services Agreement

April 20, 2017

The Jacksonville Aviation Authority signed an agreement with Lyft Inc. to become the first transportation networking company to legally pick up fares at Jacksonville International Airport (JAX).

The agreement begins May 1, 2017 and runs through April 30, 2018.

“Our customers, the traveling public, are requesting access to ridesharing companies like Lyft at the airport,” said JAA CEO Steve Grossman. “And even though the city of Jacksonville and the state of Florida have been exploring legislation to regulate transportation networking companies, we thought it best to proceed with an agreement that establishes rules and regulations and provides revenue to the airport.”

"We're thrilled with this agreement that will bring Lyft's safe, reliable, and affordable transportation options to the millions of passengers who travel through Jacksonville International Airport each year. We're excited to be the first transportation network company to operate at JAX and would like to thank Steve Grossman and his staff for their collaborative work in creating this partnership," said Kirk Safford, Lyft's Senior Manager of Airports and Venues.

The agreement with Lyft requires that all Lyft drivers must have a valid Florida driver’s license and valid personal automobile insurance meeting the minimum requirements for the State of Florida. They must have completed a DMV record check and criminal history check. And their vehicle must pass a 19-point inspection.

Lyft will use a Geo-Fence technology to ensure accurate reporting of passenger drop offs and pickups. As a Lyft vehicle enters the airport property, the driver’s phone pings the airport, which then records the activity.

“This is an important transportation feature for our customers, and equally important protection for the airport and the authority,” said JAA Chairman Patrick Kilbane.    

About Lyft:
Lyft was founded in June 2012 by Logan Green and John Zimmer to improve people’s lives with the world’s best transportation. Lyft is the fastest growing rideshare company in the U.S and is available in more than 300 cities. Lyft is preferred by drivers and passengers for its safe and friendly experience, and its commitment to effecting positive change for the future of our cities.

Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) Ranks #1 in Customer Service Among North American Airports

March 6, 2017

The Airports Council International (ACI), the trade association of the world’s airports, announced the winners of the 2016 Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Awards and JAX Airport ranked first among North American Airports for Customer Service.  

JAX also ranked third worldwide for ASQ’s “Best Airport by Size” in the five to 15 million annual passengers category. This marks the first time JAX received this distinction. 

“These awards validate our team approach to customer service where the entire airport community has a stake in our travelers’ experience,” Jacksonville Aviation Authority CEO Steve Grossman said. “It also confirms the value of listening to our travelers and adapting to their needs.”

The ASQ program is unique as the airport industry’s only global benchmarking program measuring overall satisfaction of passengers at the airport. Implemented at over 320 airports worldwide, the ASQ is a statistically-valid survey of passengers at the airport. The in-depth survey covers 30 areas of the customer service experience including check-in; security; wayfinding; food & beverage; and more. The resulting database allows for a comprehensive analysis of the customer service experience at each participating airport.

2016 ASQ results place ASQ Awards winners among the world’s best airports for the quality of their customer service experience.

JAX tied with Indianapolis and Toronto Billy Bishop Airports for first place among North American Airports. JAX also tied with Amman, Chiang Mai, Cochin, and Indianapolis Airports for third place in the best airport by size category.

Economy Lot 2 Closing for Upgrades-Project will enhance JAX parking facilities

January 30, 2017

Economy Lot 2 (E-2) is now closed in preparation for installation of a new parking system. The closure is expected to last several months.

Once all vehicles exit the lot, crews will clean up storm and other debris before the project begins in March.

Signage placed along Pecan Park Road will direct customers to park in Economy Lot 1 (E-1), which has ample parking spaces available. Free shuttle service between E-1 and the terminal will continue to operate as normal.

E-2 is the first of JAX’s five public parking facilities to receive the system overhaul. Improvements include replacement of all gates and equipment, ability to integrate with SunPass and easy payment using either a pay-on-foot station in the terminal or upon exit. In addition, a new License Plate Recognition (LPR) System will confirm actual parking time in the event of a lost ticket.

Anyone with questions or concerns may call the parking office at 904.741.2277.

Jacksonville International Airport App Now Available to Download

January 23, 2017

Navigating through Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) has never been easier with the official release of the “JAX Airport” app, now available for both Android and iOS devices.  

The new app has a multitude of features to assist travelers through every aspect of their airport experience. These include flight information, a comprehensive list of shops and restaurants at JAX and an interactive map of the ticketing, baggage claim and gate areas. 

Over the last several years, there has been an upward trend in the number of users accessing the JAX website, www.flyjax.com, from mobile devices. The app was developed to meet the needs of passengers desiring information on-the-go. 

“We strive to enhance the airport experience for our passengers,” Jacksonville Aviation Authority CEO Steve Grossman said. “With so many people using mobile devices, an airport-specific app seemed to fill a need.”  

This free app gives passengers unprecedented access to the airport’s many in-terminal amenities, the latest airport news as well as job listings.

The Great American Bagel Opens at Jacksonville International Airport

November 28, 2016
Travelers now have a new dining option when flying out of Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) –The Great American Bagel, has officially opened in time for the holiday travel season by Host-Lee JAX FB, LLC, a joint venture partnership between HMSHost and Lee Wesley Group.


The Great American Bagel is an award-winning bagel bakery and deli concept specializing in big, fresh bagels mixed from scratch and steam-baked daily. The new eatery is located pre-security in the Center Courtyard next to Burger King. 

The pre-security food court area recently underwent a renovation. New terrazzo flooring designed to match the rest of the terminal and modern furniture now gives the area a more inviting look. 

“We believe The Great American Bagel is a welcome breakfast and lunch option our travelers and those waiting for them will appreciate,” Jacksonville Aviation Authority CEO Steve Grossman said. 

“HMSHost is very excited about opening The Great American Bagel for Jacksonville travelers to enjoy,” said HMSHost Vice President of Business Development Stephen Douglas. “The airport is a great partner and the upgrades that have taken place will serve travelers well for many years to come.”

This is the ninth new concession concept or remodel at JAX in 2016. New vendors such as “Made in JAX”, Amelia Island Market Place, Best Buy Express and Benefit Cosmetics have appeared in-terminal, while InMotion, Starbucks, Burger King and CNBC News Stand all underwent remodeling. 
 
Travelers can expect to see additional changes over the next several months as HMSHost, the airport’s master concessionaire, replaces old dining concepts with new ones. Post-security upgrades to Chili’s Too and significant changes to the Budweiser Track and Grill and the food court are also forthcoming. 

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

Jacksonville International Airport Opens Post-Security Pet and Service Animal Relief Area

November 17, 2016

Jacksonville International Airport officially opened a new, in-terminal amenity for four legged travelers: a pet and service animal relief area. The animal relief area is located post security and offers a place for pets and service animals to relieve themselves while waiting for flights.

Strategically located between concourses A and C, the roughly 22’ x 36’ area includes an 8’ wide entrance corridor, a mock front porch area with seating, handwashing sink, pick-up bag dispenser and waste receptacle.

“We know there are many pets and service animals traveling through our airport,” said Steve Grossman, CEO of Jacksonville Aviation Authority, “and we’re pleased to offer this amenity to make their experience at JAX even more enjoyable.”

Sporting a colorful fire hydrant, the pet relief area is made of an artificial K9 turf product that drains so it can be hosed down.  Beneath the K9 turf, the floor slopes to a sanitary sewer drain, and an automatic system flushes the area every 45 minutes. The space has its own dedicated air handling equipment to keep it odor free.

The airport’s PA system has been extended to the area so passengers can hear announcements, and it is also monitored by a CCTV system.

An existing pet relief area is located outside baggage claim on the southside of the terminal, and the new facility provides a relief area in the secured area of the airport.

View photos/videos at: http://ow.ly/9COp306hfVo

JAA Posts Increases in Revenues and Operating Income

October 24, 2016

Jacksonville Aviation Authority today announced its unaudited financial results for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2016.

For Fiscal Year 2015-2016, JAA posted revenues of $79.6 million, a 6 percent increase over revenues of $75 million in the previous year.  Operating income jumped 11 percent to $30 million, from $27 million a year earlier.

Total enplanements for the FY 2015-2016 were 5.6 million, a 3 percent increase over the prior year.

“We are very pleased with these operating results,” said JAA CEO Steve Grossman. “With an improving aviation landscape, we have continued to aggressively market our wonderful assets, while holding the line on expenses.”

JAA also announced that Ross Jones has joined the authority as Director of Finance. He is replacing Diane Pinkerman, who is retiring.  Jones, a CPA, most recently served as Manager of Tax Reporting and Planning at Rayonier Advanced Materials.

JAA owns and operates Jacksonville International Airport, Cecil Airport, Jacksonville Executive at Craig Airport and Herlong Airport.

Temporary TSA Precheck Enrollment Available at Jacksonville International Airport

October 11, 2016

Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) has announced that travelers can sign up for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Precheck program at Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) during a limited period this fall.

TSA Precheck allows individuals to travel securely and efficiently without having to remove items such as shoes, belts and light jackets or liquids and laptops from their luggage.

For a two-week period, passengers can make an appointment to enroll in TSA Precheck at a temporary office located in the JAX terminal, but must first begin the application process online.

Appointments can be made for the following dates and times:
October 24-28 – 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
October 31 – November 2 – 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
November 3-4 – 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Passengers are fully enrolled in Precheck only after they obtain a “Known Traveler Number” (KTN), which could take several days to receive.

“We are delighted to provide this convenient option to travelers coming through our airport,” said JAA CEO Steve Grossman. “TSA Precheck is a great way for passengers to ease the transition through security checkpoint when they travel to and from JAX.”

For additional information or to enroll in TSA Precheck, please visit www.tsa.gov.

Jacksonville International Airport Recognized as Among Top Airports in the World for Excellent Customer Service

August 3, 2016

The Jacksonville Aviation Authority announced that Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) has been inducted into the Airports Council International (ACI) Director General’s Roll of Excellence for consistently delivering excellence in customer service. 

 The award recognizes airports worldwide that received high marks from passengers who participated in ACI’s Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Surveys.  

 The ACI ASQ Survey measures passengers’ appraisal of 34 key performance indicators on the day they travel, allowing airports to get an accurate picture of traveler sentiment. ASQ has been designed for airports of all sizes seeking to measure their passenger service performance and to benchmark it against other airports with the overarching objective of offering more effective, efficient and profitable ways to serve the flying public. 

 In addition to JAX, this year’s other inductees include: Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport (Mauritius);Upington Airport (South Africa) and Wuhan Tianhe International Airport (China). 

 “This is a wonderful recognition for the excellent customer service our employees provide to the traveling public every day,” said JAA Chairman Ray Alfred.  “I would like to congratulate the JAA team for all their hard work.” 

 The ACI ASQ Survey, which has won universal recognition as the world-class benchmarking program, has grown steadily since its inception in 2006. It has reliably captured passengers’ immediate appraisals from transportation to the airport through departure at the gate at more than 300 airports worldwide. 

Cecil Airport Improvement Project Wins Top Honors from the Florida Department of Transportation

Jacksonville, July 28, 2016

The Jacksonville Aviation Authority announced that Cecil Airport has won General Aviation Airport Project of the Year from the Florida Department of Transportation for development of the eastside of the airport. 

The purpose of the Eastside Roadway and Taxiway was to open up the east side of Cecil Airport to future development. The taxiway, designed for the largest aircraft anticipated to use the airport, extends 1,000 feet east and 3,000 feet north from the end of Runway 18L.

The roadway, located 1,500 feet east of the taxiway, extends 1,200 feet south from 103rd Street.  The roadway work also included extension of utilities.

The Eastside Roadway and Taxiway Project also included 150 acres of clearing between the two facilities for future development.

The total project cost for the taxiway was $4.1M, and was funded at 88 percent by the FAA, 6 percent by the FDOT and 6 percent by JAA. The roadway and clearing cost was approximately $3.8M, and was funded by FDOT at 41 percent and JAA at 59 percent.

Each year FDOT recognizes “superior” achievement in both General Aviation and Commercial Service airport projects by selecting the Airport Project of the Year in each category. Among the criteria for selection, the project has to contribute to the mobility of people and goods, contribute to the well-being of the community, demonstrate resourcefulness in planning, provide benefits to the physical environment and be cost effective. 

“This is wonderful recognition of the great work produced by our JAA staffers and our consultants and contractors,” said JAA CEO Steve Grossman.  “This project positions Cecil Airport for continued growth and job creation.”

Jacksonville-based engineering firm RS&H assisted JAA on the project.  

Jacksonville International Airport Wins Top Honors for Customer Service

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

The Jacksonville Aviation Authority is proud to announcethat Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) placed second in the “BestAirport by Region: North America Category” in the Airports CouncilInternational (ACI) 2015 Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Awards.

This prestigious accomplishment is a testament to thededication to service excellence JAX has shown throughout 2015. The AirportService Quality Awards are the industry’s most celebrated, and are given toorganizations that prove to be most outstanding in passenger satisfaction.

“We are thrilled to receive such high honor for ourinternational airport and the Jacksonville community,” said JAA Chairman RayAlfred. “This award is a testament to the excellent customer service our teamdelivers daily to our residents and visitors traveling through our airport.”

“It's great to see our Jacksonville International Airportcontinue to achieve national recognition," said Mayor Lenny Curry. “Thislatest ranking is a testament to the outstanding customer service they provide,demonstrating our city's commitment to business and customer friendlypractices."

The ASQ Survey is “the world’s benchmark of airportexcellence.” Last year the study consisted of 550,000 in-depth passengersurveys at over 300 airports spanning across more than 80 countries worldwide.

The award ceremony will be held during the Gala Dinner ofthe 11th Annual ACI Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly, Conference and Exhibitionon Tuesday, April 19, 2016, in Gold Coast, Australia, where winners will showcasetheir accomplishments with the aviation community.

As the competition thickens every year and airports continueto grow in customer service excellence, it is nothing short of an outstandingachievement for the Jacksonville Aviation Authority and the Jacksonvillecommunity as a whole.

Air Canada’s New Jacksonville - Toronto Flight Scheduled to Begin Earlier than Originally Expected

December 14, 2015

New Start Date Gives Canadians Nonstop Option to Attend THE PLAYERS Championship

Air Canada’s recently announced nonstop service between Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) and Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) will begin May 7 instead of May 21, 2016, as originally anticipated. 

The new start date provides Canadian tourists a nonstop option to attend one of the First Coast’s marquee events, THE PLAYERS Championship, which begins May 10.

"We are thrilled with this new service and schedule," said Matt Rapp, executive director of THE PLAYERS.  "As we continue to grow our national and international fan base, a non-stop flight option from Canada will help give our neighbors to the north an easier way to be a part of history at THE PLAYERS in May as we showcase the very best field in golf on an incredible course."

“Many Canadians love golf almost as much as going to Florida, so we are very pleased to adjust our schedule to accommodate fans attending THE PLAYERS. Beyond this, our new service will make it easier to travel between Toronto and Jacksonville and Northeast Florida year-round, while also giving local residents more travel options, both to visit Canada or connect to our international network,” said Lisa Pierce, Senior Director, U.S. Sales and Market Development at Air Canada.

Dave Reese, president of Florida’s First Coast of Golf, confirmed the sport’s popularity not only in Canada, but in Toronto specifically: “Nonstop service to Toronto, a city in the top five in golf courses per capita in North America, will undoubtedly translate to more Canadians coming to Northeast Florida during the winter months.”

The announcement has also drawn the attention of local convention and visitor bureaus: 

“We’re very excited that Air Canada has elected to move up the starting date of service so our Canadian golfers can be here to experience the most fan friendly golf tournament in the world,” Richard Goldman, executive director of the St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches Visitors & Convention Bureau said. 

“The new Air Canada date and service gives Canadian travelers a chance to enjoy one of the premier golf tournaments in the nation while at the same time experiencing Jacksonville and letting our region show how we create unforgettable experiences for our visitors.” said Paul Astleford, President and CEO of Visit Jacksonville. “We look forward to welcoming thousands of new visitors on Air Canada, and helping them discover a new side of Florida.”

No other changes were made to the flight. The year-round service is currently scheduled for the weekends on a two-cabin Embraer ERJ-175. 

 The Saturday and Sunday schedule forthe route is:   

Departing Airport

Arriving Airport

Departure Time

Arrival Time

Aircraft Type

YYZ

JAX

9:20

11:40

E75

JAX

YYZ

12:15

14:55

E75


“We’re delighted Air Canada was able to be flexible with the launch of this new flight,” Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) CEO Steve Grossman said. “THE PLAYERS Championship gives Canadian visitors an opportunity to see the very best of the First Coast.” 

Air Canada does not currently serve Northeast Florida, making them the newest entrant into the market. To book travel on Air Canada, visit www.aircanada.com. To download high resolution photos and logos, visit their media room. For more information about JAA, visit www.flyjacksonville.com. 


About the Jacksonville Aviation Authority
The Jacksonville Aviation Authority operates Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) and the city's three general aviation airports - Cecil Airport, Jacksonville Executive at Craig Airport (JAXEX) and Herlong Recreational Airport. The Authority, funded through user fees and not local taxes, generates over $2.9 billion annually to the local economy. For more information about the Jacksonville Aviation Authority's airports, please visit www.flyjacksonville.com.

About Air Canada
Air Canada is Canada's largest domestic and international airline serving more than 200 airports on six continents.  Canada's flag carrier is among the 20 largest airlines in the world and in 2014 served more than 38 million customers.  Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 63 airports in Canada, 52 in the United States and 86 in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and South America. Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance, the world's most comprehensive air transportation network serving 1,321 airports in 193 countries.  Air Canada is the only international network carrier in North America to receive a Four-Star ranking according to independent U.K. research firm Skytrax.  For more information, please visit: www.aircanada.com, follow @AirCanada on Twitter and join Air Canada on Facebook.


Air Canada Announces Nonstop Service to Toronto from Jacksonville International Airport

November 19, 2015 – Air Canada will fly nonstop between Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) and Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) beginning May 21, 2016. 

Air Canada made the announcement this morning. The year-round service is currently scheduled for the weekends on a two-cabin Embraer ERJ-175. 

“Air Canada is pleased to offer service to Jacksonville from Toronto. Canadians visit the U.S. more than any other country and Air Canada’s extensive transborder network makes it the foreign carrier with the most flights to the U.S. Air Canada also offers convenient onward connections through our expansive global network to destinations around the world on North America’s only Four-Star, international network carrier,” said Lisa Pierce, Senior Director, U.S. Sales and Market Development at Air Canada.

“We are very excited to welcome Air Canada to JAX,” Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) CEO Steve Grossman said. “This service gives Canadians an opportunity to enjoy Northeast Florida’s many amenities while offering our community a nonstop connection to Canada.”

Air Canada does not currently serve Northeast Florida, making them the newest entrant into the market. Grossman is hopeful that with community support of the flight, more daily operations are possible in the future. 

To book travel on Air Canada, visit www.aircanada.com. To download high resolution photos and logos, visit their media room. For more information about JAA, visit www.flyjacksonville.com. 

Jacksonville International Airport Passenger Traffic Up in July

August 22, 2011 - The Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) announced that the number of passengers traveling through Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) advanced nearly 4 percent in July.

During the month ended July 31, the total number of passengers departing and arriving at JAX was 531,390, a 3.95 percent increase over July 2010. The current year-to-date number of passengers through the end of July was 3.3 million, a slight 0.2 percent decrease over the same 12-month period a year earlier.

The total number of daily departures at JAX in July was 105. That’s a 7 percent increase over the 98 daily departures in July 2010.

“During these tumultuous economic times, it’s encouraging to report an uptick in monthly passenger traffic,” said Michael Stewart, Director of External Affairs for the JAA. “We are particularly pleased that JetBlue’s new daily service to San Juan, which began in May, has been exceeding expectations. And while it’s only been a couple of months since Southwest began non-stop service to Denver, indications are it’s off to a good start.”

As passenger traffic picks up, customers can enjoy amenities at the airport such as free wi-fi, a preferred traveler lane through security, premier and frequent parker programs. Improvements to the terminal continue as all the carpeting is being removed and new terrazzo flooring installed.

Jacksonville Aviation Authority Welcomes New Board Members

October 28, 2015: Jacksonville businessmen Jay Demetree and Russ Thomas have been appointed to the Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) Board of Directors by Mayor Lenny Curry.

Demetree, a Jacksonville native, is president and CEO of Demetree Brothers, Inc., a leading full-service real estate developer and property manager based in Jacksonville, serving clients throughout Florida and the Southeast. He is a graduate of Georgia Tech with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management. 

Demetree will serve a full term until September 30, 2019.

Thomas is Chief Executive Officer of Jacksonville-based Availity, a health care business that provides solutions to a growing network of more than 900,000 physicians and allied care providers, 2,700 hospitals, and more than 600 technology partners with health plans nationwide. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Virginia Tech and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia.

Thomas, who is filling the unexpired term of former board member Ernie Isaac, will serve until September 30, 2017.

JAA's Board of Directors is comprised of seven members who serve four-year terms. Four are appointed by the governor of Florida and three by the mayor of Jacksonville.

JAA Board of Directors Elects New Officers

September 28, 2015

Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) today elected Ray Alfred as JAA Board of Directors chairman for the 2015-2016 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1.

Alfred, President/CEO of Emergency Responders’ Industries, Inc., is a former Fire Chief for the Jacksonville Fire Rescue Department and Fire Chief for Washington, DC. 

The other newly elected officers include Patrick Kilbane as vice chairman, Teresa Davlantes as secretary and Giselle Carson as treasurer.

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.

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

Jacksonville International Airport Offers Mom-Friendly Amenity

Jacksonville International Airport(JAX) installed a Lactation Suite, designed to offer  mothers a private,clean and well-designed space to pump or nurse while traveling through theairport.

 

The free-standing pod is located justpast security between Concourses A and C. It offers duel seating for a motherand companion, as well as a convenient fold-down table, power outlet for breastpump, mirror, soft lighting and space for luggage and/or stroller.

 

“We regularly receive inquiries frommothers looking for a private, clean and convenient facility at the airport topump or nurse,” said Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) Customer ServiceManager Bryan Long. “We are happy to accommodate their needs with thisfamily-friendly solution.” 

American Airlines to Fly Nonstop between Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) and New York’s LaGuardia Airport

July 7, 2015

American Airlines will begin twice-daily nonstop service from Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) to New York’s LaGuardia Airport (LGA) beginning December 17. 

The new route is now available for bookings. American will operate an E170 aircraft on the route. The E170 aircraft is a two-class aircraft with 69 seats.  

Departure Airport    Departure Time    Arrival Airport      Arrival Time
JAX7:45 amLGA10:05 am
JAX2:30 pmLGA4:49 pm
LGA11:20 amJAX1:56 pm
LGA6:00 pmJAX8:36 pm

“Multiple daily flights to LaGuardia should make this new service attractive to Northeast Florida’s business community,” Jacksonville Aviation Authority CEO Steve Grossman said. “It also means more choices when flying to New York.”

Delta Airlines also has nonstop service between JAX and LaGuardia. To book your flight, visit American’s website at www.aa.com.

Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) Opens Special Events Lot for Thanksgiving Holiday

November 17, 2014

The Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) is preparing for the Thanksgiving holiday travel season by opening the Economy Lot 3 at Jacksonville International Airport (JAX). For a flat fee of $20, customers can park from Wednesday, November 26, through Tuesday, December 2, or until the lot fills up. The fee is payable upon entry with cash or credit card. 

This special events lot will operate on a first-come, first-serve basis and may close without notice. Free shuttle service is available through December 2. Vehicles remaining in Economy Lot 3 after December 2 may be towed at the owner’s expense.

Travelers should arrive at least two hours before their flight to allow additional time to locate parking since the first parking choice may not be available.  

Other parking options include Economy Lots 1 and 2 ($5.00 per day), Daily Surface Lot ($8.00 per day), Daily Garage ($14.00 per day), Hourly Garage ($18.00 per day) or Valet Parking (. All prices include tax.

JAA recommends that travelers who meet and greet their families/friends use the hourly garage, if available. Another option is to wait in the free courtesy cell phone waiting lot, located next to the JAA’s administration building, until family/friends arrive.
 
For more information about the parking options at JAX, please contact the parking office at (904) 741.2277, or visit JAX's Parking Information web page.
 
For more information about JAA, visit www.flyjacksonville.com. 

Allegiant Air Begins Service at Jacksonville International Airport Offers Promotion of Free Flights for a Year

November 14, 2014

This week’s announcement that Allegiant Air will begin non-stop service from Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) in early 2015, is good news for local travelers. 

“We are very excited to welcome our newest carrier, Allegiant Air, to Jacksonville International Airport,” Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) Executive Director/CEO Steve Grossman said. “Their nonstop service to Pittsburgh and Cincinnati gives Northeast Floridians more options when traveling to the Midwest.” 

Beginning February 12, 2015, Allegiant will fly non-stop to Cincinnati, Ohio, on Thursdays and Sundays.

Beginning February 13, 2015, travelers can fly non-stop to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Mondays and Fridays.

Reserve your flight at Allegiantair.com.

To celebrate its expansion into Jacksonville, Allegiant is offering the opportunity to win free Allegiant flights for an entire year. Winners and a friend of their choosing will fly free from their local airport as frequently as once a month for a year. To enter, visit http://ow.ly/EhisN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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’

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

JAA, Generation Orbit Sign First Agreement at Cecil Spaceport - 12/23/2013

The Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) has signed its first tenant agreement at Cecil Spaceport with Generation Orbit Launch Services, Inc. (GO). 

Atlanta-based GO will utilize Cecil’s hangar space, its 12,500-foot runway and the safe flight paths that have already been coordinated with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), among other things, to support its commercial flight and horizontal launch program. 

GO plans to develop a 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 2014, with operational launches forecast to begin in 2015 and 2016. 

“This is a major development for JAA and Cecil Spaceport, but also for the commercial space industry as a whole,” said Todd Lindner, JAA’s senior manager of aviation planning and spaceport development. “Generation Orbit’s GOLauncher program and others like it prove that the commercial space business is viable and growing. And this agreement demonstrates that Cecil Spaceport is an ideal location for such horizontal launch endeavors.”

As part of the memorandum of understanding signed on December 18, 2013, JAA will make available to GO at a mutually negotiated rate, hangar space and payload integration facilities, rocket storage facilities, office space for GO crew and staff, range equipment and launch command and control facilities and equipment. Additionally, GO will have access to runway facilities, rocket test areas, coordination with FAA range authorities and air traffic control.

The agreement between JAA and GO is for an initial period of two years, with the option to renew for three, one-year terms.

“Cecil Spaceport is a great match for our company’s need for a horizontal launch facility,” said Generation Orbit’s CEO Dr. John Olds. “GOLauncher is a dedicated nanosatellite launch vehicle that uses a Gulfstream business jet as the carrier aircraft. Our system’s small size makes Cecil an excellent choice for our concept of operations. The staff at Cecil and at the Jacksonville Aviation Authority have been a pleasure to work with during these negotiations, and we will be proud to have our company’s first launch operations conducted there.”

Matching a $1.8 million grant from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Space Florida and FAA received earlier this year, JAA intends to make additional investments to support space launch systems like GO in the next two years. 

“The JAA spaceport team has worked tirelessly to position Cecil as a leading site for the commercial space industry and we’re very proud of the result and the partnership with Generation Orbit,” said JAA Executive Director and CEO Steve Grossman. “We wholeheartedly believe that this new and growing industry will attract related businesses to Northeast Florida, which makes working with Space Florida even more important as we showcase all that this area has to offer.”

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

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About Generation Orbit Launch Services, Inc.: Generation Orbit serves micro and nano satellite developers struggling to find dedicated and cost-effective space access by offering fast, flexible and dedicated primary launch manifesting through GOLauncher, an air-launched space transportation system specifically designed for small payloads. For more information, please visit: www.generationorbit.com 

Jacksonville International Airport Opens Special Events Lot for Christmas Holiday

The Jacksonville Aviation Authority is preparing for the Christmas holiday travel season by opening the Economy Lot 3 at Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) from Sunday, December 22, through Monday, January 6, or until the lot fills up, for a flat fee of $20. The fee is payable with cash or credit card upon entry. 

This special event lot will operate on a first-come first-serve basis and may close without notice. Free shuttle service is available until January 6. Vehicles remaining in Economy Lot 3 after January 6 may be towed at the owner’s expense.

Travelers should arrive at least two hours before their flight to allow additional time to locate parking if their first parking choice is not available.  

Other parking options include Economy Lots 1 and 2 ($5.00 per day), Daily Surface Lot ($8.00 per day), Daily Garage ($14.00 per day) or the Hourly Garage ($18.00 per day). Valet parking is also available for $22/day. All prices include tax.

JAA recommends that travelers who meet and greet their families/friends use the hourly garage, if available. Another option is to wait in the free courtesy waiting lot, located next to the JAA’s administration building, until family/friends arrive.
 
For more information about the parking options at JAX, please contact the parking office at (904) 741.2277, or visit JAX's Parking Information web page.
 
For more information about JAA, visit www.flyjacksonville.com. 

Hampton Golf, JAA Donate More Than 1,000 Culinary Items to Clara White Mission

Clara White’s culinary programs receive much-neededequipment in-time for Thanksgiving holiday

The Jacksonville AviationAuthority (JAA) and Hampton Golf are pleased to announce the donation of morethan 1,000 culinary items to the Clara White Mission, a local nonprofitorganization dedicated to serving the needs of the less fortunate through food,housing and vocational programs. 

In October 2013, JAA approveda 10-year lease with Hampton Golf to overhaul and operate Mill Cove Golf Club,a JAA-owned golf course located adjacent to Jacksonville Executive at CraigAirport (JAXEX). As part of the renovation and redesign of the property,Hampton Golf opted to replace all of the culinary and dining equipment insidethe clubhouse kitchen, and thus had thousands of used restaurant items thatwould no longer be needed.

Donated kitchen andrestaurant items ranging from pots, pans and cooking utensils to dishes, glassesand silverware will now be used to support Clara White’s culinary programs,including Clara’s at the Cathedral, a training caf? for students of ClaraWhite’s Culinary Arts Program, and Ashley Street Catering.

"This collaborativeeffort serves as a value to the Clara White Mission and the students enrolledin our Culinary Arts training program,” said Clara White Mission CEO andPresident Ju'Coby Pittman. “The gift of training equipment made by Hampton Golfpositively impacts many of our sustainability efforts such as Ashley StreetCatering and Clara’s at the Cathedral. Their support will promote and affect the quality of life for homelessveterans and low-income students being trained in our culinary arts withvisible and economical results."

“Hampton Golf is proud of ourtradition of giving back to worthy causes in the communities that we serve,”said Hampton Golf President M G Orender. “The Clara White Mission is anoutstanding organization that does so much for our community and the peoplethey touch every day.”

Mill Cove Golf Club, an18-hole Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course, is currently undergoingrenovations by Hampton Golf and is expected to re-open to the public sometimein the summer of 2014.

“We’re proud to partner with HamptonGolf on the Mill Cove Golf Club project and are thrilled by their commitment toour community,” JAA Board Chair Teresa H. Davlantes. “The Clara White Missionis a deserving organization and we hope that this donation of culinary supplieswill be a huge help as the holidays approach.”

For more information aboutHampton Golf, visit www.hamptongolfclubs.com.

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


Silver Airways’ Marsh Harbour Service to Return in February; Adding Second Bahamas Flight in March

SilverAirways will resume weekly nonstop service from Jacksonville InternationalAirport (JAX) to Marsh Harbour, Bahamas, beginning Saturday, February 15, 2014.The airline will then add an additional Sunday flight beginning on Sunday,March 2 and ending on April 27, 2014.

Bothflights will depart Jacksonville at 9:11 a.m. and arrive in the Bahamas atapproximately 10:56 a.m. Silver will utilize a 34-seat Saab 340 for theflight. 

“Silver’sadditional flight to Marsh Harbour gives travelers another option to visit theBahamas during the most popular time of year,” Jacksonville Aviation AuthorityExecutive Director/CEO Steve Grossman said. “The community’s continued supportof this service is essential as we encourage Silver to increase their presencein Northeast Florida.”

SilverAirways also currently flies from Jacksonville to Tampa nonstop. For fares,reservations and more information on Silver Airways visit www.silverairways.com.

Delta Air Lines Announces New Nonstop Service Between Jacksonville and Boston

Delta Air Lines will begin daily nonstop service from Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) to Boston’s Logan Airport (BOS) starting Monday, March 3, 2014.

The flight will depart Boston at 7:00 a.m., arriving in Jacksonville at approximately 10:05 a.m. The return flight will depart Jacksonville at 5:35 p.m., arriving in Boston at 8:10 p.m. Delta will utilize a 76-seat CR9 for the flight. The aircraft will also be equipped with First Class and Coach Cabins. 

Delta is the second air carrier to connect Jacksonville and Boston; JetBlue also flies daily between the two cities. 

“The Jacksonville community now has an additional choice when flying to Boston,” Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) External Affairs Director Michael Stewart said. “This is good for both business and leisure travelers.”  

For fares, reservations and more information on Delta Air Lines visit delta.com. 

Jacksonville Aviation Authority Posts Positive Results Despite Difficult Business Environment

During its October board meeting, the Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) announced that unaudited operating income climbed 10% for the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, 2013. 

The aviation authority recorded total operating revenue of $66.4 million. Total operating expenses were $44.5 million for the year, resulting in an operating income, before depreciation, of $21.9 million. Operating income for the prior fiscal year was $17.3 million. 

JAA owns and manages the city’s four airport properties: Jacksonville International Airport (JAX), Cecil Airport, Jacksonville Executive at Craig Airport (JAXEX) and Herlong Recreational Airport.

JAA Chief Financial Officer Richard Rossi said the authority was able to achieve these positive results despite a challenging commercial airline environment and current weak economy. Total passenger activity at JAX experienced a 3 percent decline from 5.2 million travelers in the previous year to 5.1 million this year. 

JAA benefited from a diverse mix of airlines serving JAX, new airport concessions and other non-aviation revenues.  Jaa kept tight control of expenses, ending FY13 with operating expenses under budget by $1.9 million, or 4%.

“JAA has developed a financially successful business model,” Rossi noted. “Our entire team has once again turned in a tremendous performance by increasing revenue and holding down costs.”

JAA Board Approves New Restaurant for Jacksonville International Airport (JAX)

A new dining option will soon be available for travelers at Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) with the opening of VINO VOLO, a food and wine bar. The Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) board of directors approved a lease with the restaurant which is expected to open in early 2014. VINO VOLO will be located beyond the TSA passenger screening area in Concourse C. 

“We’re excited that our travelers will soon be able to enjoy a different kind of dining experience at JAX airport,” said JAA Director of External Affairs Michael Stewart. “Customers will be able to choose from unique wine and food offerings, plus locally sourced craft-brewed beers in a tastefully designed and sophisticated atmosphere.”

VINO VOLO will offer beer and wine tastings and because the restaurant will be located post security, customers can sample and buy product to carry onto their flights.

VINO VOLO can be found in more than 30 locations across the U.S. and Canada. The JAX airport location will be the restaurant’s first opening in Florida. 


TSA PreCheck Screening Now Open at JAX

TSA PreCheck is now available for eligible passengers flying on participating airlines out of Jacksonville International Airport (JAX). 

“As TSA continues to move away from a one-size-fits-all approach to transportation security, we are looking for more opportunities to provide the most effective security in the most efficient way possible,” said Ed Goodwin, federal security director for TSA in Jacksonville. “The TSA PreCheck program gives us that opportunity.”

TSA PreCheck allows select frequent travelers flying out of JAX on American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and US Airways to experience expedited security screening. Members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs, including Global Entry, SENTRI and NEXUS are automatically qualified to participate, and Canadian citizens traveling domestically in the United States who are members of NEXUS qualify for TSA PreCheck as well. Individuals interested in joining a CBP Trusted Traveler program can learn more by visiting www.cbp.gov. 

TSA PreCheck screening benefits could include no longer removing the following items.

Shoes
3-1-1 compliant liquids/gel bag from carry-on
Laptop from bag
Light outerwear/jacket
Belt
If TSA determines a passenger is eligible for TSA PreCheck, information is embedded in the barcode of the passenger’s boarding pass. Passengers 12 and younger are also allowed through TSA PreCheck lanes with eligible passengers.

For further details on how TSA PreCheck works, visit http://www.tsa.gov/tsa-precheck

TSA will always incorporate random and unpredictable security measures throughout the airport and no individual is guaranteed expedited screening. TSA’s multi-layered approach to security also includes behavior detection officers, explosives-detection systems, canine teams, and federal air marshals, among other measures, both seen and unseen.

Legacy of Lieutenant Commander James Edwin Craig Honored and Memorialized at JAXEX

The Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) is pleased to announce the completion of the James Edwin Craig Memorial Pavilion at Jacksonville Executive at Craig Airport (JAXEX). To celebrate its completion and honor the legacy of James E. Craig, the airport’s namesake, a formal dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting was held today at the new pavilion that included Craig family members, community dignitaries, local military leadership, JAXEX tenants and JAA leadership and board members.    

A Jacksonville native, Lieutenant Commander James Edwin Craig (1901-1941) was killed in action aboard the USS Pennsylvania during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. 

“Craig is an important part of the airport’s history and we are committed to honoring his legacy through this memorial project,” said JAXEX Airport Manager Tiffany Gillem. “We have been especially honored to welcome members of the Craig family to this meaningful dedication event, and we welcome our community to pay tribute as well by visiting this beautifully designed James Edwin Craig Memorial Pavilion.”

“The dedication ceremony is a chance for us all to reflect on the rich history here at JAXEX. It is also a chance to honor our local military and their families,” JAA’s Director of External Affairs Michael Stewart said.

The JAA also presented a $2000 donation to The Greater Jacksonville Area USO during the ceremony with dollars raised from the inaugural JAXEX Runway 5K, held last month. The funds will be used to further enhance the USO center and services at Jacksonville International Airport (JAX), which serves active duty and retired military. Normal flow into the center is between two to three thousand military members a month.  It is staffed 100% by volunteers and is open 365 days a year.
 
“JAA is proud of our military, and is pleased to support local troops and their families through a monetary gift to the USO,” Stewart said. “As we remember Lieutenant Commander Craig and his ultimate sacrifice, it is important that we also recognize and support our local heroes still with us today.”

The James Edwin Craig Memorial Pavilion, located adjacent to the JAA Administration Office at JAXEX, will serve as a public observation area for the community. The shaded pavilion has seating, as well as information about the history of aviation at JAXEX and biographical information about Lieutenant Commander Craig.  

View photos of the event at http://bit.ly/1dKlXXT

For more information about JAXEX, visit flyjaxex.com.

Jacksonville Aviation Authority Unveils New Public Art at JAX

July 2, 2013

New Mosaic Mural Enhances JAX Experience

The Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) and the Jacksonville International Airport Arts Commission are proud to present Celestial Playground, a mural created by New York Artist Amy Cheng surrounding the courtyard restroom area and water fountain stations at Jacksonville International Airport (JAX). The mural is the 14th addition to JAA’s permanent art collection at JAX.
 
Cheng designed Celestial Playground to visually reference the sky, the heavens and the cosmos. The design flows from one frame to the next, and from a distance, creates an illusion of deep space. The mural was fabricated with glass, ceramic and stone mosaic.

“Celestial Playground is designed to impart to the viewer a sense of lightness, a feeling of joy,” said Cheng. “I like to think that my work provides the facility users with something visually lovely and cheerful, something that may stop them in their tracks for a second in surprise or delight.”

Because of its impressive and award-winning public art program, JAX was recognized in recent years by the London Observer as one of the best airports in the world to be stranded. Only three other airports were included on the list. The others were London's Heathrow Airport, Seoul Airport in South Korea and Amsterdam's Airport Schiphol.

“JAX airport was one of the first to institute an arts program back in the 90s,” said JIA Arts Commission Coordinator Allie Gloe. “JAX continues to be a world-leader in the arts, as we strive to celebrate culture and perception that brings about calmness, wonder and inspiration, which are all emotions nicely fitting for travelers in an airport.”

Artist Amy Cheng was selected by the JAX Arts Commission among 93 responding artists. Her public art installations have mostly been situated in airports, and subway and elevated train stations. For additional artist information and project photos, visit http://amychengstudio.com/

For more information about the Public Art Program at JAX , visit www.JIAarts.org.

JAA Celebrates Growth at Cecil Airport

June 24, 2013

The Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) broke ground today on a new 150,000-square-foot hangar at Cecil Airport to accommodate the expansion of Flightstar Aircraft Services, Inc. Flightstar’s business expansion is expected to generate 250 new aviation-related jobs.

The $27 million project is the largest building project ever undertaken by JAA at Cecil Airport, and is being financed equally by the JAA and Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). Under the agreement with Flightstar, JAA will build the hangar and office facility on 11.5 acres of airport property. Upon completion, JAA will lease the land and Hangar 935 to Flightstar for commercial aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO). The project is expected to be completed by late 2014. Flightstar currently leases two MRO hangars and one large warehouse/storage building at Cecil Airport from the Authority.

“We’re proud to see Flightstar expand their operations at Cecil Airport,” said JAA CEO and Executive Director Steve Grossman. “They’ve been a tremendous tenant, and this project is a huge win for all of us.” 

Today’s celebration also included an official ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the completion of a new $6 million hangar and office facility for Cecil Airport’s newest tenant, KCI Aviation.  The West Virginia-based corporate/private aircraft maintenance and repair organization will utilize the 30,000 square feet of office, workshop and hangar space for its Southeast business expansion.  KCI Aviation is also expected to bring more high-wage jobs to the area.

“The development opportunities at Cecil Airport are allowing businesses to grow and operate where there is already a talented and skilled workforce,” said Grossman. “And it’s a boost for local economic development.”

Other aviation entities currently at Cecil Airport include The Boeing Company, Jacksonville Jetport, U.S. Coast Guard, Florida Army National Guard, US Customs & Border Protection, US Navy Fleet Readiness Center Southeast, LSI, Florida State College at Jacksonville Aviation Center of Excellence, Engility, Robinson Aviation and Jacksonville Fire Rescue Department.


International Air Service Coming to Jacksonville Silver Airways Begins Flights from Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) to the Bahamas June 15

Silver Airways will begin weekly scheduled service from JAX Airport to Marsh Harbour (MHH) in the Bahamas, beginning Saturday, June 15, 2013.  

The once-a-week service will depart Jacksonville on Saturdays at 10:31 a.m., arriving in Marsh Harbour at 12:16 p.m. The return flight departs Marsh Harbour on Saturdays at 12:46, arriving in Jacksonville at 2:54 p.m. 

Dave Pflieger, President and CEO of Silver Airways, commented on the new service saying: "As Florida's hometown airline and the largest U.S. carrier to The Bahamas, we're pleased to create a direct link to the incredible vacation product in Marsh Harbour for the traveling public in Jacksonville and its surrounding communities."
 
“We are optimistic that Silver’s success with this route will lead to additional nonstop service with the carrier,” Steve Grossman, Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) Executive Director/CEO said. “For Jacksonville residents, this means another JAX nonstop opportunity to visit a beautiful island getaway.”

Silver Airways has operated in Jacksonville since August 2012, under a code-share agreement with United Airlines. The airline currently offers nonstop service to Tampa with a 34-seat Saab 340Bplus aircraft. On June 8, Silver will begin operating under its own reservation system as an independent airline.

“Travelers will notice Silver’s increased presence throughout the terminal,” Grossman said. “A ticket counter, gate space and additional aircraft at the terminal will make Silver’s unique branding difficult to miss.”

For fares, reservations and more information on Silver Airways, visit www.gosilver.com.

Runners Prepare for “Take-Off” at the Inaugural JAXEX Runway 5K Proceeds to benefit The Greater Jacksonville Area USO

The Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) will host its Inaugural “JAXEX RUNWAY 5K” at Jacksonville Executive at Craig Airport (JAXEX) on Saturday, June 8, for a day of community, exercise and supporting local military families.

The event will feature a 5K run beginning at 7:30 a.m. and a one-mile “Fun Run” at 8:30 a.m. A portion of both race courses will include the airport runway at JAXEX (which will be closed to air traffic during the event).

The Greater Jacksonville Area USO provides support and services to local military members and their families. Proceeds from the event will be presented to the USO later this year during the dedication of the James E. Craig Memorial Pavilion at JAXEX. Craig, the namesake of the airport, was a Jacksonville native killed during the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

 “The JAA is thrilled to support our troops and their families through our first-ever 5K event,” JAXEX Airport Manager Tiffany Gillem said. “We’re so proud of our local military and appreciate all of the sacrifices they make to keep our country safe. They’re all heroes.”  

 “This 5K on the runway is unlike any other in the community,” JAA’s Director of External Affairs Michael Stewart said. “We are confident that this race will make for a fun, inspiring and unforgettable morning.”

For more information and to register for the Inaugural JAXEX RUNWAY 5K events, visit www.jaxexrunway5k.com.  Register before June 1 to take advantage of the discounted entry fee of $20 for the 5K and $15 for the “Fun Run.”  The 5K registration fee will increase to $30 the day of the race. Space is limited for this event. 

For more information about JAXEX, visit flyjaxex.com.

Southwest Airlines’ Nonstop Service from Jacksonville International Airport to Chicago-Midway Gets Earlier Start Date

March 26, 2013

Southwest Airlines’ nonstopservice to Chicago’s Midway Airport, originally slated to begin on September 29th,will now kick-off on Sunday, June 3rd.  

The service will depart Jacksonville at 8:15 a.m., arriving in Chicago at 9:50 a.m. The flight fromMDW will depart at 6:40 p.m. and arrive in JAX at 9:55 p.m. The new start date would allowSouthwest to capitalize on the busy summer travel season.

This will be the first nonstop air service from JAX to Chicago’s Midway. Currently, Americanand United Airlines fly to Chicago’sO’Hare Airport from Jacksonville. 

For fares, reservations and more information on Southwest Airlines, visit theirwebsite at southwest.com. 

JAX Selected as Fifth Best Airport in North America for Airport Service Quality JAX Honored by Airports Council International

Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) has been named the fifth best airport in North America for airport service quality. This extraordinary recognition comes from Airports Council International (ACI) through its annual Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Awards for 2012.
                          
“We strive for superior customer service at all of our airports, but it is especially rewarding to earn such a distinguished award at JAX where we service more than five million passengers a year,” said JAA Executive Director and CEO Steve Grossman. “Our high standard of quality customer service is evident throughout the JAX experience with hundreds of helpful and friendly employees and volunteers, information resources and tools such as outlets for charging electronic devices and free Wi-Fi.”

The ASQ Awards have become the world's leading airport passenger satisfaction benchmark with more than 275 airports participating. The ASQ Awards recognize and reward the best airports in the world based on ACI's ASQ passenger satisfaction survey and represent an opportunity to celebrate the commitment of airports worldwide to continually improve the passenger   experience.

"This is an exciting time for airports. As airports and their operators increasingly accept the positive correlation between passenger satisfaction and airport revenues, we see more and more airports striving to meet, and in some cases exceed, the levels of customer service that their passengers expect,” said ACI World Director General Angela Gittens.
 
Other North American Airports awarded for top airport service quality include Indianapolis International Airport (IND), Ottawa/Macdonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW), Tampa International Airport (TPA) and Sacramento International Airport (SMF).                                         

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

Southwest Airlines Announces New, Nonstop Service from JacksonvilleInternational Airport (JAX) to Chicago’s Midway Airport

Michael Stewart 
Director, External Affairs 
JacksonvilleAviation Authority 
Ph: (904) 741-2721 
Cell: (904) 945-6300 

Website: www.flyjacksonville.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 


Southwest Airlines Announces New, Nonstop Service from Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) to Chicago’s Midway Airport

JACKSONVILLE, FL - March 4, 2013 –The Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) today announced that SouthwestAirlines will begin daily scheduled service from JAX to Chicago’s MidwayAirport (MDW) beginning September 29, 2013.

The service will depart Jacksonville at 4:50p.m., arriving in Chicagoat approximately 6:20 p.m. The flight from MDW will depart at 12:10 p.m. andarrive in JAX at 3:25 p.m. 

This will be the first nonstop air service from JAX to Chicago’s Midway. Currently, American andUnited Airlines fly to Chicago’s O’Hare Airportfrom Jacksonville. 

“We are thankful Southwest added this additional nonstop flight,” said BarbaraHalverstadt, Interim Director of Marketing. “Not only does this give businessand leisure travelers another option when flying to Chicago, but it also offers strongercompetition, which often leads to lower fares.” 

For fares, reservations and more information on Southwest Airlines, visit theirwebsite at southwest.com. 

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JAA Applauds Air Force Contract To Build Military Aircraft at JAX

February 28, 2013 – With yesterday's announcement that the Air Force has awarded Sierra Nevada Corp. and Embraer a $427 million contract to build light attack aircraft, the Jacksonville Aviation Authority officials say the agency is “ready and eager” to move the project forward.
    
Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer has an agreement with JAA to assemble the A-29 Super Tucano aircraft at Jacksonville International Airport (JAX). The assembly facility will employ an initial 50 high wage jobs.
 
“This is great news for Jacksonville and our growing aviation industry,” said JAA Executive Director/CEO Steve Grossman.  “We are ready and eager to work with the Sierra Nevada/Embraer team to launch this much anticipated project at JAX.”
                                                             
As part of its lease agreement with Embraer, JAA will spend $1.2 million renovating a 41,574-square-foot airplane hangar, scheduled to be completed in April.

Jacksonville Aviation Authority Police Department Transitions to Online Traffic Crash Reporting

The Jacksonville Aviation Authority Police Department (JAAPD) announced that it has entered into an agreement with iyeTek, LLC, to place traffic crash reports on-line.  Ecrash.lexisnexis Accident Report System was selected to serve as the Authority’s traffic crash insurance and citizen request technology.

Ecrash.lexisnexis is an internet based application that was developed to help law enforcement agencies and insurance companies manage and access traffic crash reports in a more efficient manner. Through the use of online document management technology, crash reports will be available 24 hours a day once completed by the reporting officer.

Like most law enforcement agencies across the country, the JAAPD has been pursuing an alternative to the hardcopy reporting, storing, and servicing of report requests. Benefits of the ecrash.lexisnexis system include:

•    Allowing multi-jurisdictional data sharing and searching
•    Facilitating web accessible availability of crash reports for insurance companies, officers and citizens
•    Removing the police department from the billing and request fulfillment process
•    Providing officers and investigators access to crash information for all agencies on the system

“We believe internet viewing and printing will significantly reduce the time it takes for insurance companies and citizens to obtain copies of traffic crash reports,” Director of Aviation Security Wayne Clark, Sr., noted. "It is our desire to provide a level of convenience to anyone wishing to view and print police reports in their home or business.” The JAAPD annually files nearly 200 traffic crash reports.

This new on-line method will provide a more expedient method for obtaining traffic crash report information.

•    Reports are accessible from work or home, 24 hours a day via the internet
•    Saves citizens the hassles of driving downtown, paying to park, and standing in line
•    Reports are formatted as a PDF, making them easy to view, save, print and email
•    Finding a report takes only a few seconds
•    Reports are usually available within 24 hours of being completed, excluding holidays and weekends
•    Reports cannot be modified, maintaining report integrity
•    Provides clear, high-resolution images of each report for optimal viewing and printing

Filed reports can be accessed on ecrash.lexisnexis.com, for a nominal fee.

Jacksonville International Airport Opens Special Events Lot for Christmas Holiday

December 18, 2012

The Jacksonville Aviation Authority is preparing for the Christmas holiday travel season by opening the Economy Lot 3 at Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) from Friday, December 21, through Sunday, January 5, or until the lot fills up, for a flat fee of $20. The fee is payable with cash or credit card upon entry.

This special event lot will operate on a first-come first-serve basis and may close without notice. Free shuttle service is available until January 5. Vehicles remaining in Economy Lot 3 after January 5 may be towed at the owner’s expense.

Travelers should arrive at least two hours before their flight to allow additional time to locate parking if their first parking choice is not available. 

Other parking options include Economy Lots 1 and 2 ($5.00 per day), Daily Surface Lot ($8.00 per day), Daily Garage ($14.00 per day) or the Hourly Garage ($18.00 per day). All prices include tax.

JAA recommends that travelers who meet and greet their families/friends use the hourly garage, if available. Another option is to wait in the free courtesy waiting lot, located next to the JAA’s administration building, until family/friends arrive.
 
For more information about the parking options at JAX, please contact the parking office at (904) 741.2277, or visit JAX's Parking Information web page.

JAA Approves Major Building and Land Lease with Flightstar Aircraft Services, Inc. at Cecil Airport

Hundreds of New Aviation-related Jobs Expected for Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, December 17, 2012 – The Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) today announced that it will build a new 150,000-square-foot hangar at Cecil Airport to accommodate expansion of Flightstar Aircraft Services, Inc. operation, which is expected to generate 350 to 400 new aviation-related jobs.

The new $27 million hangar, which is being financed equally by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and JAA, will be the largest building project ever undertaken by JAA at Cecil Airport.

Under the agreement with Flightstar, JAA will build the hangar and office facility on 11.5 acres of airport property. The project also includes an adjoining aircraft apron and vehicle parking lot.

Upon completion, JAA will lease the land and Hangar 935 to Flightstar for maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) at Cecil Airport.  Flightstar currently leases two MRO hangars and one large warehouse/storage building at Cecil Airport from the Authority. 

“Flightstar has been a significant tenant at Cecil Airport, and we are thrilled to see them expand their operations,” said JAA Chairman A.L. Kelly. “The decision to build Hangar 935 is beneficial for both Flightstar and the Airport, and will add a welcome boost to the Jacksonville economy.”

JAA is providing $13.5 million for the project. FDOT is matching that with a $13.5 million contribution. Should the cost of construction exceed the total JAA and FDOT project participation of $27 million, any additional cost would be Flightstar’s responsibility under the terms of the lease.

Jacksonville International Airport Opens Special Events Lot for Thanksgiving Holiday

The Jacksonville AviationAuthority is preparing for the Thanksgiving holiday travel season by openingthe Economy Lot 3 at Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) from Wednesday, November21, through Tuesday, November 27, or until the lot fills up, for a flat fee of$20. The fee is payable with cash or credit card uponentry.

This specialevent lot will operate on a first-come first-serve basis and may close withoutnotice. Free shuttle service is available until November 27. Vehicles remainingin Economy Lot 3 after November 27 may be towed at the owner’s expense.

Travelersshould arrive at least two hours before their flight to allow additional timeto locate parking if their first parking choice is not available. 

Other parkingoptions include Economy Lots 1 and 2 ($5.00 per day), Daily Surface Lot ($8.00per day), Daily Garage ($14.00 per day) or the Hourly Garage ($18.00 per day).All prices include tax.

JAA recommendsthat travelers who meet and greet their families/friends use the hourly garage,if available. Another option is to wait in the free courtesy waiting lot,located next to the JAA’s administration building, until family/friends arrive.

Formore information about the parking options at JAX, please contact the parkingoffice at (904) 741.2277, or visit JAX's ParkingInformation web page.

For more information aboutJAA, visit www.flyjacksonville.com.

JAA Board of Directors Elects New Officers

Jacksonville Aviation Authority today elected A.L. Kelly as JAA Board of Directors chairman for the 2012-2013 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1.

 

Kelly, Director of Investigations in the Jacksonville Public Defender's Office who was appointed by Gov. Rick Scott, replaces Dr. Chester Aikens as chairman. Aikens continues to serve as a board member.

 

The other newly elected officers include Teresa H. Davlantes as vice chairman, Ernest Isaac, Jr. as secretary and Frank Mackesy as treasurer.

 

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 serves a 4-year term.

Community Invited to Airport Open House Static Aircraft Displays, Car Show and More

The 2012 Wings ‘N’ Wheelsevent hosted by the Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) and the ExperimentalAircraft Association (EAA) will take place at Jacksonville Executive at CraigAirport (JAXEX) this Saturday, September 8, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Wings ‘N’ Wheels will featurestatic aircraft displays, a car show, live entertainment, plane rides, food anda kids’ zone sponsored by the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department.

“This free event gives us theopportunity to showcase the benefits and services JAXEX brings to the Jacksonvillecommunity,” JAXEX Airport Manager Tiffany Gillem said. “As an economic engine,JAXEX annually contributes over $131 million and supports approximately 1,100jobs to our region.”

Gillem also stressed that this event was an excellentopportunity to expose aviation career opportunities to younger generations who willbe making career decisions.

Author Bruce Gambel will alsobe premiering his new book, “Swashbucklers and Black Sheep” at Wings ‘n’Wheels. It is a hardcover account of America’s famous Black Sheep squadron, ledby Major Greg “Pappy” Boyington. Gamble will not only be available to sign hisbook, but will have his restored 1967 Mustang convertible on display.

The JAA is in the midst of ayear-long celebration of its 10th anniversary as an independent agency sinceseparating from Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) in 2001. Events have beenheld at each of the Authority’s airports to commemorate this significantmilestone. Wings ‘N’ Wheels is the final event to close out a year celebratingJAA’s successes and looking forward to a future that will further benefit theentire Jacksonville community.

Parking and admission to theevent are free.

Pets and coolers are notallowed at the event.

Jacksonville Executiveat Craig Airport (JAXEX)

855 Saint Johns Bluff Road, N.

Jacksonville, FL 32225

For more information, visit www.wingsnwheels2012.com, or call (904) 641.7666.

JAA Receives Marketing and Communications Awards

June 14, 2012

The Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) today announced that it received first and third place Excellence in Airport Marketing & Communications awards at this year’s  annual Airports Council International – North America conference held in Sacramento.

The JAA received recognition in two categories:

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1st Place: Jacksonville International Airport Mobile Website - JAXMOBILE

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3rd Place:  Jacksonville Aviation Authority 10th Anniversary Special Edition Newsletter        

“We’re all extremely proud of our marketing and external affairs teams for working together to earn these distinguished awards,” said JAA Executive Director and CEO Steve Grossman. “They consistently deliver high-caliber marketing programs and community involvement initiatives that successfully highlight Jacksonville International Airport, our three general aviation airports and the Northeast Florida area.”

This year, nearly 50 airports and airport authorities submitted a record 250 entries in the contest, which encompasses categories that recognize work in marketing and public relations, and provides airports the opportunity to be honored for the quality of their work.  Awards are distributed in 20 categories ranging from brochures, advertising, marketing and public relations campaigns, newsletters, special events, video and film productions, to social media campaigns and websites. Again this year, communications and marketing professionals from the U.S. and Canada served as judges to review contest entries.

“ACI-NA congratulates the winners of the2012 Excellence in Airport Marketing and Communications Contest,” said ACI-NA President Greg Principato. “Each year, this highly competitive contest provides airports a platform to showcase their best marketing and communications efforts that serve their stakeholders, as well as the traveling public, airlines, and other tenants. It has become increasingly important for airports to convey the message that they are important economic engines within their respective communities.”

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

Silver Airways Announces Three New JAX Daily Flights to Tampa

May, 29, 2012

New direct service to Tampa offers convenient connections to Key West and Pensacola

The Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) today announced that Silver Airways, operating under the United Airlines code, will begin daily scheduled service from Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) to Tampa International Airport (TPA) on August 13, 2012.

The new Jacksonville flights to Tampa are now on sale at a special introductory rate of just $39 each-way, plus taxes and service charges.

Three new daily flights offer direct service between Jacksonville and Tampa, creating convenient one-stop connections for passengers traveling from Jacksonville to Key West and Pensacola.

Flights will operate three times per-day Monday through Friday and twice-daily on weekends.

Airline

Flight No.

Origination

Destination

Departure Time

Arrival Time

UA

4019

JAX

TPA

7:00AM

8:05AM

UA

4034

JAX

TPA

10:15AM

11:20AM

UA

4043

JAX

TPA

5:00 PM

6:05PM

 






UA

4019

TPA

JAX

8:35AM

9:40AM

UA

4035

TPA

JAX

3:25PM

4:30PM

UA

4043

TPA

JAX

6:45PM

7:50PM


“Maintaining our Tampa service is extremely important to the Northeast Florida business community,” said Barbara Halverstadt, JAA’s manager of Marketing & Development. “The additional opportunity for the direct connection to Key West opens up a great new leisure market as well. We look forward to working closely with Silver Airways as they continue their growth at JAX."

For fares, reservations and more information on Silver Airways service in Florida, visit www.gosilver.com, or call, toll-free, 1-800-864-8331.

Jacksonville Aviation Authority Celebrates Arrival of Newest Tenant at Cecil Airport

April 18, 2012

The Jacksonville Aviation Authority today welcomed its newest tenant to Cecil Airport – KCI Aviation – during a groundbreaking ceremony on a new hangar and office facility.

KCI Aviation, a West Virginia-based maintenance and repair organization specializing in corporate aircraft, is expanding its business in the Southeast with the expansion at Cecil Airport.

“Expanding at Cecil Airport provides us the room to grow our business in the southeastern market,” said Chuck Koukoulis, KCI Aviation President. “In Jacksonville, we will have the ideal aircraft maintenance facility coupled with a highly trained, talented and experienced workforce. It’s the best place to grow our business.”

KCI Aviation currently has aircraft maintenance facilities in West Virginia and Oklahoma.

Construction on the new aircraft maintenance facility for KCI Aviation is expected to be completed in March 2013. The construction will include a parking lot, aircraft ramp space, and approximately 30,000 square feet of office, workshop and hangar space.

“We’re thrilled to welcome KCI Aviation to Cecil Airport,” said JAA Executive Director and CEO Steve Grossman. “We’re confident this partnership will be beneficial for KCI Aviation and for the future of Cecil Airport.”

KCI Aviation will join other aviation entities currently at Cecil Airport, including The Boeing Company, Flightstar Aircraft Services, Inc., Jacksonville Jetport, U.S. Coast Guard, Florida Army National Guard, US Customs & Border Protection, US Navy Fleet Readiness Center Southeast, LSI and Florida State College at Jacksonville Aviation Center of Excellence.



Jacksonville Aviation Authority Receives ‘A’ Rating from Fitch Ratings

The Jacksonville AviationAuthority has received an ‘A’ rating from Fitch Ratings for its $157 million ofseries 2003 and its series 2006 airport revenue bonds for the JacksonvilleInternational Airport.

 

According to Fitch’s report,the Authority received this rating due to its flat-to-decreasing debt serviceprofile, moderate cost recovery framework, midsized origination/destinationenplanement base, modest capital program, and manageable leverage and adequateliquidity.

 

Though enplanements are downthis fiscal year, Fitch Ratings said the airport’s importance in the