With the growing population of Jacksonville and increased demand from airlines for more flights, it is time to expand Jacksonville International Airport with a new $300 million concourse.
Air travel is returning to pre-pandemic levels, and with federal funding, Jacksonville Airport is among the airports with more facilities being upgraded. Many of them are decades old and not designed to provide the kind of security that was introduced after the 9/11 attacks. As part of expansion plans in Jacksonville, TSA will add new screening technology that will allow them to screen passengers much faster.
Plans to create a third concourse in Jacksonville allow the airport to receive more flights and destinations that have been suspended since the start of the pandemic. And while the airport would like to attract more flights to the west coast, Breeze Airways’ March announcement of flights to seven of Jacksonville’s largest unserved markets was a great sign of growth.
But before the first flight could take off in mid-May, Breeze Airways added an eighth low-fare non-stop route to New York’s Westchester Airport, just north of Manhattan.
Breeze, which was founded by the same man who founded JetBlue, will fly non-stop to Columbus, New Orleans, Providence, Norfolk, Hartford, Westchester and Las Vegas by September. Most routes start in late May – early June.
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Extension:Jacksonville International Airport Adds New Concourse With 6 Boarding Gates, Enhances Security As Air Traffic Increases
Modern airports help make travel less stressful
Until recently, I hadn’t flown a plane for almost a year. But after experiencing transfers in four different cities, I was reminded of the huge difference between a seriously outdated airport and modern airports that have art, a yoga room, and even pet care stations.
Travel is stressful. But whether it’s for business or personal reasons, most travelers are looking for the same things, like access to charging stations for personal devices, plenty of shops and restaurants, and comfortable waiting areas. They are mainly looking for amenities that take the worry out of traveling, including simple security checks and convenient luggage check-in.
Atmosphere is also important, and the interior architecture of Jacksonville’s new six-gate lobby will offer a contemporary design that matches the two existing lobbies, with plenty of glass and natural light. Completion of construction is scheduled for 2025. The extension will also have a huge full-wall window that overlooks the runway at the end of the lobby.
The expansion isn’t just beneficial to visitors and travelers to Jacksonville. It’s also great for the community. Jacksonville is the 12th largest city in the country and jobs are a driving factor. In the midst of construction competition…