Jacksonville International Airport

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Jacksonville International Airport
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Summary
Airport typePublic
Owner/OperatorJacksonville Aviation Authority
ServesJacksonville metropolitan area
LocationJacksonville, Florida, U.S.
Elevation AMSL30 ft / 9 m
Coordinates30°29′39″N 081°41′16″W / 30.49417°N 81.68778°W / 30.49417; -81.68778Coordinates: 30°29′39″N 081°41′16″W / 30.49417°N 81.68778°W / 30.49417; -81.68778
Websitehttp://www.flyjax.com
Maps
FAA airport diagram
FAA airport diagram
JAX is located in Florida
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JAX is located in the United States
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Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
8/26 10,000 3,048 Concrete
14/32 7,701 2,347 Concrete
Statistics (2018)
Aircraft operations101,575
Passengers6,460,253
Based aircraft (2017)54
Sources: FAA,[1] airport website[2]

Jacksonville International Airport (IATA: JAX, ICAO: KJAX, FAA LID: JAX) is a civil-military public airport 13 miles (21 km) north of Downtown Jacksonville, in Duval County, Florida. It is owned and operated by the Jacksonville Aviation Authority.

History[edit]

Construction started in 1965 on a new airport to handle travel to nearby naval bases. The new airport was dedicated on September 1, 1968, replacing Imeson Field.[3] Terrain precluded lengthening the runways at Imeson, a necessity with the inception of commercial jet airliners. A new idea at JIA was separating departing and arriving passengers on different sides of the terminal (as can be seen in the photo on this page). This is no longer the case, and the airport (which has greatly expanded since the picture was taken) now uses the more typical layout with departing passengers on an upper level with an elevated roadway, and arriving passengers on the lower level.

The new airport was slow to expand, only serving two million passengers a year by 1982, but it served over five million annually by 1999 and an expansion plan was approved in 2000. The first phase, which included rebuilding the landside terminal, the central square and main concessions area, as well as consolidating the security checkpoints at one location, and more parking capacity was completed in 2004–2005. In 2007, 6,319,016 passengers were processed.

Jacksonville International Airport Concourse C

The second phase of the expansion program[4] was carried out over three years, commencing in mid-2006 and projected to cost about $170 million. Concourses A and C were completely rebuilt; the former concourses have been demolished. Work on Concourse B was given a low priority because the capacities of the rebuilt Concourses A and C were more than adequate for existing demand. The expansion was designed by Reynolds, Smith & Hills.[5]

The economic downturn of 2009 caused a decrease in passengers and flights. This led the JAA to commence the demolition of Concourse B in June 2009 because it was safer and easier for the contractor. After the debris was removed, asphalt was laid to provide space for ground equipment parking. The concourse will be rebuilt when passenger traffic increases, which the JAA had originally projected would occur in 2013 but did not materialize.[6][7] A section of the old concourse eventually became part of an airline club lounge which opened in 2019.

In 2018, the airport handled 6,460,253 passengers, breaking the previous record set in 2007.[8] This increase in traffic prompted the JAA to revive the plan to rebuild concourse B.[9] The new concourse could open as early as 2022, providing six additional gates and could be expanded later with six more.[6] The design of concourses A and C also allow them to be extended to accommodate additional gates.

Operations[edit]

Facilities[edit]

The airport covers 7,911 acres (3,201 ha) and has two concrete runways: 8/26, 10,000 x 150 ft (3,048 x 46 m) and 14/32, 7,701 x 150 ft (2,347 x 46 m).[1] The terminal at JIA is composed of a baggage claim area, on the first floor and a ticketing area on the second floor, at the front of the structure. Past baggage claim and ticketing is the mezzanine, where shops, restaurants and the security checkpoint are located. Beyond the mezzanine are the airport's Concourses A and C, which include 10 gates each (for a total of 20), along with other shops and restaurants.[10]

The airport also has a Delta Sky Club on Concourse A and a multi-airline passenger club located behind the airside food court.

There are three galleries located off of the main courtyard before the security checkpoint. One features an art exhibit, the second houses a revolving exhibit about a Jacksonville-area landmark or institution, and the third houses a permanent exhibit highlighting the history of aviation in the region.

The airport's two runways form a "V" pattern (with the tip of the "V" pointing west). A plan exists to build two more runways, each paralleling one existing runway. The one alongside the existing southern runway will be built first. No date has been set.

In the fiscal year ending September 2016 the airport had 101,575 aircraft operations, an average of 278 per day: 58% scheduled commercial, 19% air taxi, 15% general aviation and 8% military. In August 2017, there were 54 aircraft based at this airport: 3 single-engine, 8 multi-engine, 25 jet and 18 military.[1]

Military facilities[edit]

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Concurrent with the closure of Imeson Airport, the 125th Fighter-Interceptor Group (125 FIG) of the Florida Air National Guard (FANG) relocated to Jacksonville International Airport. Military Construction (MILCON) funds provided for the establishment of Jacksonville Air National Guard Base in the southwest quadrant of the airport and placement of USAF-style emergency arresting gear on the JAX runways. Upgraded from group to wing status and redesignated as the 125th Fighter Wing (125 FW) in the early 1990s, the wing is the host unit for Jacksonville ANGB and operates F-15C and F-15D Eagle aircraft. The 125 FW is operationally-gained by the Air Combat Command (ACC).

Jacksonville ANGB is basically a small air force base, albeit without the military housing, military hospital or other infrastructure of major U.S. Air Force installations. The Air National Guard provides a fully equipped USAF Crash Fire Rescue station to augment the airport's own fire department for both on-airport structural fires and aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) purposes. The base employs approximately 300 full-time military personnel (ART and AGR) and 1,000 part-time military personnel who are traditional air national guardsmen.[11]

Jacksonville International Airport Gate A3 with Plane

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Passenger[edit]

AirlinesDestinationsRefs
Allegiant Air Belleville/St. Louis, Cincinnati, Columbus–Rickenbacker, Indianapolis, Norfolk, Pittsburgh
Seasonal: Cleveland, Grand Rapids (MI) (begins October 4, 2019)
[12]
American Airlines Charlotte, Chicago-O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Philadelphia, Washington–National [13]
American Eagle Charlotte, Chicago-O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami, Washington–National [13]
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, New York–JFK, New York–LaGuardia
Seasonal: Minneapolis/St. Paul
[14]
Frontier Airlines Chicago–O'Hare, Denver, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Trenton
Seasonal: Cincinnati, Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Raleigh/Durham, St. Louis
[15]
JetBlue Boston, Fort Lauderdale, New York–JFK, Washington–National [16]
Southwest Airlines Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago–Midway, Dallas–Love, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Houston–Hobby, Nashville [17]
Spirit Airlines Baltimore, Chicago-O'Hare, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale [18]
United Airlines Chicago–O'Hare, Denver, Houston–Intercontinental, Newark, Washington–Dulles [19]

Cargo[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
FedEx Express Fort Lauderdale, Greensboro, Indianapolis, Memphis, Tampa
UPS Airlines Albany (GA), Louisville, Miami, San Juan

Statistics[edit]

Top destinations[edit]

Busiest domestic routes to and from JAX (November 2017 – October 2018)[20]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Atlanta, Georgia 759,250 Delta, Southwest
2 Charlotte, North Carolina 271,530 American
3 New York–JFK, New York 189,840 Delta, JetBlue
4 Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 162,820 American
5 Baltimore, Maryland 139,360 Southwest, Spirit
6 Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois 135,280 American, Frontier, Spirit, United
7 Washington–National, D.C. 128,350 American, JetBlue
8 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 128,020 JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit
9 Boston, Massachusetts 110,260 Delta, JetBlue
10 Nashville, Tennessee 105,240 Southwest

Airline market share[edit]

Largest Airlines at JAX (November 2017 – October 2018)[21]
Rank Airline Passengers Share
1 Delta Air Lines 1,363,000 22.47%
2 Southwest Airlines 1,110,000 18.29%
3 American Airlines 772,000 12.73%
4 JetBlue Airways 720,000 11.86%
5 Republic Airline 439,000 7.24%

Ground transportation[edit]

Jacksonville International Airport has direct public transit service to Jacksonville Transportation Authority's bus network. The CT3 "AirJTA" bus connects the airport to downtown Jacksonville, with connections to Greyhound Bus Lines and to the Jacksonville Skyway monorail system.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

On December 6, 1984, PBA Flight 1039 crashed on takeoff, killing all 11 passengers and 2 crew on board.

On June 7, 1988, an Air National Guard F-16 fighter jet hit 2 wild pigs on the airport's runway while attempting to land. The jet veered off the runway, and pilot Lt. Col. Sam Carter was forced to eject. Carter suffered minor injuries and commented: "It's a very inglorious way for a $16 million aircraft to come to an end". Both pigs died.[22]

On October 1, 2013, at around 6:30 p.m. EDT, the airport was evacuated due to a suspicious package.[23][24] At around 11 p.m. EDT, after the bomb squad was called and removed the 'destructive' device, the airport was given the all clear and reopened.[25]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c FAA Airport Master Record for JAX (Form 5010 PDF), effective August 17, 2017.
  2. ^ Jacksonville International Airport (official site)
  3. ^ "Dedication program, Jacksonville International Airport
  4. ^ "Jacksonville International Airport". www.jaa.aero.
  5. ^ Reynolds, Smith & Hills – Aviation Building Projects Archived June 19, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ a b Bauerlein, David (June 4, 2019). "Economy soars, but memories of Great Recession linger in Jacksonville". The Florida Times-Union. Retrieved June 8, 2019.
  7. ^ Gibbons, Timothy J. (June 22, 2009). "Demolition of JIA's Concourse B brings end of an era". Florida Times-Union.
  8. ^ http://flyjacksonville.com/jetstream/jax-sets-new-record-for-annual-passenger-traffic
  9. ^ Burmeister, Caren (March 1, 2019). "With traffic surging, Jacksonville International Airport adding 3rd concourse". Jacksonville Daily Record. Retrieved May 17, 2019.
  10. ^ "Terminal Maps". Jacksonville International Airport. Retrieved June 13, 2014.
  11. ^ Pike, John. "125th Fighter Wing [125th FW]". www.globalsecurity.org.
  12. ^ https://www.allegiantair.com/route-map
  13. ^ a b "Flight schedules and notifications". Retrieved January 7, 2017.
  14. ^ "FLIGHT SCHEDULES". Retrieved January 7, 2017.
  15. ^ "Frontier". Retrieved March 17, 2018.
  16. ^ "JetBlue Airlines Timetable". Retrieved January 29, 2017.
  17. ^ "Check Flight Schedules". Retrieved January 7, 2017.
  18. ^ "Where We Fly". Spirit Airlines. Retrieved April 5, 2017.
  19. ^ "Timetable". Retrieved January 7, 2017.
  20. ^ "Transtats". Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Retrieved November 19, 2018.
  21. ^ bts.gov. BUREAU OF TRANSPORTATION STATISTICS https://www.transtats.bts.gov/airports.asp?pn=1&Airport=JAX&Airport_Name=Jacksonville,%20FL:%20Jacksonville%20International&carrier=FACTS. Retrieved November 19, 2018. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  22. ^ "Jet Totaled After Hitting 2 Wild Pigs". Bangor Daily News. June 10, 1988.
  23. ^ "JIA Evacuated". WJXT. October 1, 2013.
  24. ^ "Jacksonville International Airport remains closed as police investigate bomb scare". Florida Times Union. October 1, 2013.
  25. ^ "JIA reopens; device 'rendered safe'". WJXT TV. Retrieved October 2, 2013.

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