May 29, 2019
Guns, knives and other weapons keep showing showing up at security checkpoints in airports across Florida.
So far this year, 17 guns have been found as people went through security at Jacksonville International Airport. In 2018, 49 were discovered.
"The people who bring those things to this checkpoint slowdown that entire process. Not just for them but everyone behind them,”said Brian Cahill, Transportation Security Administration federal security director for northern Florida.
On Wednesday, Cahill and some of the 200 TSA agents who work at JAX showed off some of the items found at the airport last year. Those items include knives, machetes, knives disguised as guns and even a 15-pound wrench.
“Leave your weapons at home. Those are not good things to bring to an airport nowadays,” said Cahill.
Cahill emphasizing that people should get to the airport two hours before their flight time. He said JAX has seen a 20% increase in passengers since last year with no extra checkpoints being opened.
If you do want to travel with any kind of guns or knives, there(sic) can be carried in checked luggage if certain precautions are taken. For a complete set of rules and regulations, visit TSA.gov
By Lauren Verno - Consumer investigative reporter
April 26, 2019
Jacksonville International Airport was the fastest growing airport in North America last year. It's still growing, now to unmanageable levels.
The airport had its busiest month ever last month, and it has seen an average monthly increase of 91,137 passengers over the last 12 months. Every month has shown a year-over-year passenger increase for the last year and a half.
"[Most] airports' annual growth rate is 3 percent," Mark VanLoh, CEO of the Jacksonville Aviation Authority, told the Jax Chamber Transportation & Logistics Council Thursday. "Try to manage these numbers. You just can't."
Airlines are sending larger planes to help meet the growing demand. March passengers were offered 99 more flights and more than 1,800 more seats than in the same month a year ago. The airport, too, is adding its own capacity.
JAA is in the final stages of picking a designer for Concourse B, which will add six new gates to the airport when construction is completed by the end of 2022. VanLoh said Thursday the project would cost $200 million and would have an option to add six more gates if demand necessitated them. He expects to pick a designer by the end of May.
VanLoh said Concourse B is already needed.
"We may have missed out on some flights because we didn't have the capacity in place," he said.
That said, JAA is working hard to land new routes. VanLoh shared his pitch deck from a presentation he made to Southwest Airlines about adding service to Phoenix, a hub for a slew of West Coast routes, which showed Jacksonville as Phoenix's largest market without a nonstop route. Alaska Airlines, based in Seattle, is also a target to get Jacksonville travelers to the West Coast, VanLoh said. JAA is also pushing routes to San Francisco, San Diego and more.
"We want to fly to the West Coast, and we don't want to have to stop in Atlanta," said VanLoh.
Despite the explosive growth at JIA, VanLoh was most excited about Cecil Airport.
JAA recently offered up 150 acres near the Cecil runway, and VanLoh was surprised to see 13 companies confirm interest, including large corporations like Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) and Boeing (NYSE: BA).
VanLoh also offered an update on cosmetic projects at JIA. Bathrooms are getting updated (notably to remove the oft-vilified slanted sink counters), and escalators and moving walkways from the parking deck will be replaced. JAA is also working to pave economy lot three to add parking capacity; floors of the hourly parking garage will be taken offline in phases as updates are made over the next two years.
April 23, 2019
More passengers flew throughJacksonville International Airport in March than any month in the airport's50-year history.
Almost 665,000 passengerspassed through the airport last month. The airport's passenger count in Marchcontinues 18 straight months of year-over-year growth. Additionally, each ofthe last six months has been the busiest on record for that month.
“I couldn’t be prouder of thewhole JAX team,” MarkVanLoh, CEO of the JacksonvilleAviation Authority, said in a statement. “These numbers aren’t just a flashin the pan. They demonstrate sustained, steady growth, and speak to not onlythe competence of our team but also the attractiveness of Jacksonville as adestination for both business and pleasure.”
March passengers were offered99 more flights and more than 1,800 more seats than in the same month a yearago.
By Will Robinson
Reporter, Jacksonville Business Journal
If you’re heading out of town for the holidays, you might notice some changes taking shape at Jacksonville International Airport.
The Jacksonville Aviation Authority is renovating the airport’s parking garage starting Friday, meaning part of the third and fourth floors of the hourly garage and the departure-level entrance will be closed.
The first phase of the project is focused on the hourly parking garage, but work will later begin on the daily parking facility.
Because of the ongoing work, travelers should follow the signs posted around the garage to see where there are parking spaces available. It’s also a good idea to get to the airport two hours early.
As for those who are planning to pick somebody up from the airport, JAA recommends taking advantage of the cell phone lot’s free parking area until the arriving passenger is waiting at the curb.
Once this current phase of the project is complete, JAA will begin work on other parts of the parking garage until the entire renovation is finished. Got questions? Call 904-741-2277.
April 18, 2019
If you have any flights planned any time soon, be sure to give yourself plenty of time to find parking at the airport.
The Jacksonville Aviation Authority has announced major repairs and renovations will be kicking off April 19th for the Jacksonville International Airport's parking garages.
This means flyers can expect temporary closures to portions of the garages as the project is underway. JAA says the project will begin in the Hourly Garage and then continue through the Daily Garage.
The entire parking garage improvement project is expected to wrap up in late-2020.
The Jacksonville Aviation Authority contributes more than $6 billion a year to the Jacksonville economy, according to a new study released by the Florida Department of Transportation Wednesday.
The study included direct impacts, like employee salaries, and indirect impacts, like visitor spending and employee spending. It studied the four airports under JAA's authority: Jacksonville International Airport, Jacksonville Executive at Craig Airport, Cecil Airport and Herlong Recreational Airports.
“As this FDOT study shows, our aviation system is a significant contributor to Northeast Florida’s economy,” JAA CEO MarkVanLoh said in a statement. “The expected growth at each of our four airports will continue fueling the region’s financial health.”
JIA makes the biggest impact of JAA's airports, generating almost $3.2 billion and supporting more than 26,000 jobs. Cecil came in second with an impact of almost $3 billion and about 11,000 jobs. JaxEx, a comparatively small general aviation airport,contributes $100 million, and Herlong Recreational generates $52 million.
FDOT estimates that the state's 20 commercial service airports, 100 public-use airports and 11 military airports contribute $175 billion to the Florida economy.
The Jacksonville International Airport, which the London Observer recently called one of the four best airports in the world at using art to enhance travelers experiences, has a new exhibit featuring two local artists.
Work by Robert Coca-nougher, a professor of art and design at the University of North Florida, and Annelies Dykgraaf, a founding member of the Art Center Cooperative in downtown Jacksonville, will be on display at the airport through March 21.
The top four airports at using art are Seoul Airport in South Korea, Heathrow Airport in London, Schipoul Airport in Amsterdam and the JIA, the Observer said.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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.