Business lifts at Craig, Cecil airports

Activity at the Jacksonville Aviation Authority’s general aviation airports picked up in December much as it did at Jacksonville International Airport.

The authority said flights at Craig Airport increased by 10 percent, and Cecil Airport had a nearly 10 percent increase in activity. Fuel sales, which are the best indicator of operation activity at Herlong Recreational Airport, rose 7 percent monthly in October, November and December at the Westside airport.

The number of passengers traveling through JIA increase 3 percent last month compared with December 2009, making it the fourth consecutive month of passenger increases at the airport. About 12,500 more travelers flew in or out of JIA last month than in December 2009, bringing the monthly total to about 455,000 people.

“These numbers are very encouraging, and we look forward to a new year that will provide more travel options for our customers at JAX,” the authority’s CEO and executive director, Steve Grossman, said in a news release.
Additional service in 2011 includes Delta Air Lines Inc.’s and American Eagle Airlines’ flights to Miami, JetBlue Airways’ service to Puerto Rico and Southwest Airlines Inc.’s service to Denver.

Nine daily departures were added by major carriers since December 2009 for a total of 93 daily departures by December 2010. The number of available daily seats on major carriers increased by more than 1,000 to a total of 10,743 during the same period.



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