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Re: JAX/JIA updates
« Reply #105 on: September 19, 2018, 02:35:47 PM »
I just took Spirit from FLL to New Orleans last week for $78 roundtrip. Since I was in New Orleans for only three days, I packed my clothes in a backpack to avoid paying carry-on bag fees. As long as it's a short trip and you pack light, they're a good deal.
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Re: JAX/JIA updates
« Reply #106 on: September 19, 2018, 04:39:49 PM »
I also just read this on News4Jax that JAX has had record breaking travelers and has sped up plans to build concourse B (which was torn down in 2009), add more parking and get more TSA scanners? I thought Concourse B was still a while from being needed since we are still a medium hub? I'm all for it, but I wasn't aware the scars of overexpansion had healed yet.

https://www.news4jax.com/travel/jacksonville-international-airport-adding-airline-losing-another

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Re: JAX/JIA updates
« Reply #107 on: September 19, 2018, 04:55:23 PM »
I just took Spirit from FLL to New Orleans last week for $78 roundtrip. Since I was in New Orleans for only three days, I packed my clothes in a backpack to avoid paying carry-on bag fees. As long as it's a short trip and you pack light, they're a good deal.

My last experience on Spirit was not great but that was my fault (with a splash of non-compassion from Spirit but hey that's part of the deal doing business with ULCCs). Anyway, my last ULCC experience was Frontier a month ago and that went very well. I even bought a special bag for it since I anticipate using ULCCs and Basic Economy on the legacy carriers plenty of times in the future.

I also just read this on News4Jax that JAX has had record breaking travelers and has sped up plans to build concourse B (which was torn down in 2009), add more parking and get more TSA scanners? I thought Concourse B was still a while from being needed since we are still a medium hub? I'm all for it, but I wasn't aware the scars of overexpansion had healed yet.

https://www.news4jax.com/travel/jacksonville-international-airport-adding-airline-losing-another

Wow. Great news if true and yes, surprising.

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Re: JAX/JIA updates
« Reply #108 on: September 20, 2018, 08:21:19 AM »
I also just read this on News4Jax that JAX has had record breaking travelers and has sped up plans to build concourse B (which was torn down in 2009), add more parking and get more TSA scanners? I thought Concourse B was still a while from being needed since we are still a medium hub? I'm all for it, but I wasn't aware the scars of overexpansion had healed yet.

https://www.news4jax.com/travel/jacksonville-international-airport-adding-airline-losing-another

The parking thing surprises me the least. I’d park in the garage if it were available, but every time I show up (which is about every other week) I’m not confident that I won’t be stuck on the roof of the garage. No point in parking there.

Not sure how they’re going to expand the TSA checkpoints, except by getting rid of the small food court pre-Security.

The Concourse B thing surprises me the most. All of the recent expansion doesn’t really necessitate a bunch of gates. For example, for all of those flights Frontier added, they are all a couple times a week-based on their schedule they should be able to service the schedule with 1 gate. Spirit shouldn’t even need a dedicated gate with their two flights. Unless one of the majors wants to expand (which is possible-on busy days Delta does make efficient use of their four gates.

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Re: JAX/JIA updates
« Reply #109 on: September 23, 2018, 09:21:49 AM »
The parking is definitely becoming an issue. There hasn’t been any surface packing available on my last few trips. I flew out yesterday and had to park on the 4th floor.

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« Reply #110 on: September 24, 2018, 11:21:32 AM »
Good to hear JIA is looking into speeding up the concourse B, TSA and parking expansion. I fly regularly and have TSA pre check so the check point isn't that hard for me but JIA does need to expand TSA as those lines get congested regularly now. Even if the concourse B doesn't ever take shape the parking and TSA alone would be a great addition.

This airport is always ranked and talked highly among other airports and rightfully so, it is quick and easy to get in and out of, baggage is usually on time and smooth at least for Delta and compared to other Medium airports it is fairly high tech and clean.

If they do actually expand into concourse B it would be a Delta only concourse I assume. Jax has the largest Delta Medallion base in the country with flights all day so I could see a small new concourse with a new sky lounge built just for Delta.

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Re: JAX/JIA updates
« Reply #111 on: September 24, 2018, 01:56:23 PM »
Good to hear JIA is looking into speeding up the concourse B, TSA and parking expansion. I fly regularly and have TSA pre check so the check point isn't that hard for me but JIA does need to expand TSA as those lines get congested regularly now. Even if the concourse B doesn't ever take shape the parking and TSA alone would be a great addition.

This airport is always ranked and talked highly among other airports and rightfully so, it is quick and easy to get in and out of, baggage is usually on time and smooth at least for Delta and compared to other Medium airports it is fairly high tech and clean.

If they do actually expand into concourse B it would be a Delta only concourse I assume. Jax has the largest Delta Medallion base in the country with flights all day so I could see a small new concourse with a new sky lounge built just for Delta.

I'd say Delta, American, or Southwest. All have about the same spread of passengers (though Delta is my preferred too). The first phase of Concourse B shows 6 gates based on the airport master plan. I know Delta uses 4, and I believe Southwest and AA use 4 as well (so someone might take 6 to get their own area.

The other issue with Delta taking it (though I'd assume this could be worked out) is the current lounge is adjacent to A. Generally Delta (or any airline) would like their lounge near their gates.

I'd be curious who the biggest is in terms of revenue. Southwest is the biggest in terms of seats, and Delta was the biggest in terms of revenue, but that was before the US Airways-AA Merger.