In May 2001, the Florida State Legislature approved the restructuring of the Jacksonville Port Authority (JPA) into two separate entities (City J-Bill-1104); the Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) and the Jacksonville Seaport Authority effective October 1, 2001.
The Jacksonville Aviation Authority, an independent government agency created by the Florida legislature, operates primarily as a landlord, managing the upkeep, improvement and expansion of its facilities and coordinating their use by private companies. JAA owns the runways, hangars, passenger terminal building, airport grounds and road connections to the public highway system. JAA provides and maintains the terminals and their equipment and manages the overall use of the facilities.
The mission of the Jacksonville Aviation Authority is to manage, operate, maintain and develop an airport system that exceeds the aviation need of the City of Jacksonville, Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia.
The vision of the Jacksonville Aviation Authority is to enhance the JAA's standing as a premiere economic engine for the City of Jacksonville and the Northeast Florida region.