Jacksonville International Airport is a joint civil-military public airport located nine miles (14 km) north of the central business district of Jacksonville, a city in Duval County, Florida, United States.
Concurrent with the closure of Imeson Airport, the Florida Air National Guard (FANG) also 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 facility and USAF-style emergency arresting gear on the runways. The Air National Guard also provides a fully equipped USAF Crash Fire Rescue station to augment the airport's own fire department. The base employs aproximately 300 full-time and 1000 part-time military personnel.
The FANG's 125th Fighter Wing (125 FW) has historically been assigned fighters in the intercept and air defense mission for the region. Since establishing Jacksonville Air National Guard Base at the airport, the unit has operated F-102 Delta Daggers, F-106 Delta Darts, F-16 Fighting Falcons and now flies F-15 Eagles. This is in addition to other support aircraft, such as a single C-130 Hercules, the C-26 Metroliner and multiple air and ground support roles.
Initially, Jacksonville International Airport was slow to expand, only serving two million passengers a year by 1982. However, the addition of more airline service in the late 1980s and early 1990s saw the need for more space in the complex. The airport served over five million passengers annually by 1999, and an airport 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 to a single location, and adding more parking capacity was completed in 2004-2005. In 2007, 6,319,016 passengers were processed.
The Jacksonville International Airport includes onsite accommodations at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center.
In order to accommodate constructing the new airside terminal and apron, most of the western-facing gates in concourses A and C have been permanently closed.
The new Concourse A is now officially open and the new Concourse C is expected to open in late 2008. Both concourses will house ten gates each and have moving walkways. Future plans call for expanding the newly built concourses by 2020 and possibly adding a people mover system to the airport. Along with the openings of the new concourses will be more shops, restaurants and food choices for travelers pre and post security. The airport is already home to onsite facilities including Starbucks, Chili's, Cinnabon, Sam Adams, Wolfgang Puck, Sam Snead's, Sbarro's, Burger King, and Quiznos among others.
Virgin America lists Jacksonville as one of 30 cities it might serve in the next five years.
The airport authority is currently trying to add non-stop flights to Phoenix and San Juan with an eye on establishing charter service to Europe.
Future plans include connecting the airport with the onsite Clarion Hotel via a moving walkway.
The airport's two runways are laid out in "V" configuration (with the bottom tip of the "V" pointing West). A long-range plan exists to build two additional runways, each paralleling one of the existing runways. A new runway alongside the existing southern runway will be built first. No date has been set for implementing the runway expansion plan (the expectation is that construction of the third runway would take place around 2015).
For the 12-month period ending July 30, 2006, the airport had 121,279 aircraft operations, an average of 332 per day: 48% scheduled commercial, 30% air taxi, 17% general aviation, and 5% military. There are 47 aircraft based at this airport: 13% single-engine, 15% multi-engine, 28% jet and 45% military.
Jacksonville International Airport's terminal has 3 concourses.
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