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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.