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American Airlines to Provide New, Nonstop Service from JAX to Austin, Texas

American Airlines will offer daily nonstop flights from Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) starting September 8, 2021, the airline stated in a press release today.
“As more people take to the skies, American Airlines is helping customers reconnect with friends and loved ones by providing more choice, convenience and flexibility than ever before,” said Brian Znotins, American’s Vice President of Network Planning. “New service from Jacksonville to Austin builds on our strategy to offer customers the industry’s best network and improves connectivity to one of the nation's fastest growing markets.” 
American’s new nonstop flight will depart AUS at 12:00 p.m. CDT, landing at 3:40 p.m. EST in Jacksonville. The return flight will depart JAX at 5:30 p.m. EST, and land in Austin at 7:15 p.m. CDT. American will operate the flight with a dual-class, 76-seat E175 aircraft. 
“Jacksonville shares many key industries with the Austin area, including advanced manufacturing, financial services and IT,” Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) CEO Mark VanLoh said. “From a business perspective it makes sense to connect our two cities. Austin is also a great vacation destination for those itching to travel again.” 
American Airlines provides service to six different airports from JAX including Charlotte (CLT), Chicago (ORD), Dallas (DFW), Miami (MIA), Philadelphia (PHL) and Washington D.C. (DCA). To book your next trip on American Airlines, visit


Jacksonville International Airport Holding Job Fair in May

With the resumption of increased flight activity at Jacksonville International Airport (JAX), more than 20 companies doing business at the airport will participate in a job fair on Tuesday, May 11. The job fair will be held from 10:00 a.m. EST to 2:00 p.m. EST in the ballroom of the Doubletree Hotel Jacksonville Airport. 

Participating businesses include: American Airlines, Avis Budget Rental Cars, AvMax Aircraft Maintenance, Comfort Zone Spa, Doubletree Hotel, Enterprise Rental Cars, FedEx Express, Florida Cleaning Systems, Golden Gate America, Hertz Rental Cars, HMS Host Food and Beverage, Hyde Park Hospitality (The Club JAX), Insight Gift Shops, Paradies Shops Retail Concesssions, PrimeFlight Aviation Services, Prospect Airport Services, Quantum Aviation, Sheltair Aviation, Signature Flight Support, SP Plus Parking and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

“As air travel continues to increase, companies are staffing up to meet the demands of passengers,” Jacksonville Aviation Authority CEO Mark VanLoh said. “This job fair offers those looking for an exciting airport career the opportunity to interview with businesses operating at JAX.”

Participating businesses are hiring for a wide range of positions both inside and outside the terminal. These jobs run a wide gamut from ramp agents, TSA security officers and rental car associates to aircraft mechanics, restaurant bartenders/servers and baggage handlers. 

Attendees will be required to wear a facial covering and observe social distancing while at the JAX Airport job fair. 

JetBlue Airways to Provide New, Nonstop Service from JAX to New York’s LaGuardia Airport

JetBlue Airways will offer new, nonstop flights from Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) to New York’s LaGuardia Airport (LGA) starting in October 2021, the airline announced in a press release today

Once the service starts, JetBlue will provide Northeast Florida travelers with nonstop flights to the three New York area airports. JetBlue currently offers nonstop service to John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR).  

“New York is one of the most popular destinations on the East Coast for Northeast Florida travelers,” Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) CEO Mark VanLoh said. “Whether traveling for business or pleasure, passengers now have more options and will see lower fares.” 

Today’s announcement comes shortly after JetBlue expanded its presence at JAX. The airline began providing new nonstop flights to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on March 25.  

For fares, reservations, comprehensive flight schedules and more information, visit

Silver Airways to Provide New, Nonstop Service from JAX to New Orleans

[Jacksonville, FL – 06 April 2021] – Silver Airways will offer new, nonstop flights from Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) starting June 3 with an introductory fare of $79 the airline announced in a press release this morning

Silver will offer twice weekly service to MSY on Thursday and Sunday. On both days, the flight will depart JAX at approximately 11:35 a.m. EST, arriving in New Orleans at 1:05 p.m. CDT. It will then depart from New Orleans at 1:45 p.m. CDT and arrive back in JAX AT 5:10 p.m. EST. Silver will operate the nonstop route with a 70-seat ATR 72-600. 

“New Orleans is one of our most requested leisure destinations,” Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) CEO Mark VanLoh said. “We are so excited that Northeast Floridians now have a nonstop flight from the Bold City to the Big Easy.” 

The new service announcement comes one day after the Airport Authority reopened Economy Lot #1, in anticipation of an uptick in summer travel and updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on travel. The lot opened on the same day that an estimated 7,500 passengers flew out of Jacksonville – the highest single day for travel out of JAX in more than a year.  

Today’s announcement is also on the heels of new additional service from Silver Airways. Since December, they have added new nonstop flights from Jacksonville to Tampa, Ft. Lauderdale and Greenville-Spartanburg. Please note that all scheduled times are subject to change. For fares, reservations, comprehensive flight schedules and more information, visit

Jacksonville Aviation Authority Reopens Economy Parking at JAX Airport

After closing on-airport economy parking one year ago due to the downturn in air travel, today officials at the Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) reopened Economy Lot #1 at Jacksonville international Airport (JAX), signaling a rise in passenger traffic. 

Economy Lot #1 re-opened on the same day that an estimated 7,500 passengers will fly out of Jacksonville – the highest single day for travel out of JAX in more than a year. 

“As people feel safe being in airport terminals and flying in airplanes again, we want to be ready for the increase in traffic,” JAA CEO Mark VanLoh said. “Given the updated guidance from the CDC on vaccinated people traveling, that could happen very soon.”  

On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued updated guidance on travel for fully vaccinated people. 

A few operational changes are now in place that travelers should be aware of prior to parking in Economy Lot #1: 
•The lot is credit card only, no cash.
•Masks are required on shuttle busses to and from the terminal.
•Shuttle busses are sanitized frequently.
•Economy lot rate remains the same – only $6/day.


JAX Airport Conducting Disaster Exercise on Wednesday, January 13

The Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) is conducting a full-scale disaster exercise on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 from 10:00 AM-2:00 PM at Jacksonville International Airport (JAX). Airports are required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to conduct this exercise once every three years.

Over 25 different agencies from Northeast Florida will respond to a simulated aircraft disaster as in a real emergency, including firefighting and rescue equipment, emergency medical services and law enforcement agencies. 80 volunteer role players and an aircraft simulator will also be used for training purposes. This is only an exercise. It is not open to the public.

The airport will remain open during this exercise and airport operations will not be affected. Roadblocks will be in places from 9:45 AM-11:45 AM from Terrell Road to Air Cargo Building 4, (14200 Pecan Park Road).
This exercise provides the hands-on training necessary for airport personnel and local emergency organizations to practice and prepare for a mutual aid response in the event of a major aircraft disaster at JAX. 

Press Releases

JAA Announces Aviation Leases at Two Airports

JACKSONVILLE, FL - August 23, 2010 – The Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) today approved an option to lease a hangar at Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) and a lease for a recently built spec hangar at Cecil Field.

JAA board members unanimously approved to give Brazilian airplane manufacturer Embraer an option to lease a 40,000-square-foot hangar at JAX.  Embraer is one of the largest aircraft manufacturers in the world focusing on specific market segments in commercial, defense, and executive aviation.

Whether or not Embraer takes the option at JAX is dependent on the company successfully landing an aircraft contract with the Department of Defense.

“We are glad to extend a leasing option to a well-known and diversified manufacturer like Embraer,” said Deborah Pass-Durham, Chair of the JAA Board. “Brining international clients to Jacksonville is key for the continued growth and development of our airport system.”

In addition, the board approved leasing a recently completed spec hangar at Cecil Field to the United States Navy. The hangar complex, which consists of a 13,983-square-foot existing office building, 22,680-square-feet of newly constructed hangar space and over 44,000 square-feet of ramp space, has an annual rent of $240,190. 

The Navy will use the facility for maintenance and repair of its aircraft.