- February 23rd 2012
If you’re thinking about heading off to Florida for spring break (more on that tomorrow), then consider Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) as an alternative to Orlando International Airport. About 18 miles north of Jacksonville itself, the airport is just a couple hours’ drive from Orlando, home of popular theme parks and many more Florida attractions.
History of JAX
Originally, the airport was built to help the city cope with an influx of passengers because of large regional naval bases. Construction began in 1965. The airport replaced Imeson Field and also became home to a small air force base, the Jacksonville Air National Guard Base. At the start, the airport was slow to expand, carrying about 2 million passengers a year, but when passenger numbers increased, an expansion plan was put into place, starting in 2000 and ongoing, with plans to extend the concourses by 2020. The airport has two runways and two concourses, A and C. Concourse B is scheduled for rebuilding in the near future. JAX airport handles almost 6 million passengers a year with main airlines served being American, AirTran, Delta, Continental, JetBlue, Southwest, United and US Airways.
JAX Airport Parking and Services
JAX airport parking is never going to be a problem. Our Jacksonville airport parking locations Travel Time Parking, VIP Park & Ride and Parking Club Airport Parking supplement the on-site facilities.(Don’t forget to check our airport parking reservations site for coupons and web only rates.) Other passenger amenities include free wi-fi, rocking chairs, live music and a range of shops and restaurants. Find out more on the terminal maps. While moving through the airport check out the art made local school children and the airport’s Haskell Art Gallery.