American Airlines will offer new, nonstop service from Jacksonville International Airport to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport starting on November 5.
American Airlines’ new flight will provide daily service on an Airbus A320. The flight will depart Phoenix at 5:00 PM MST, landing in Jacksonville at 10:01 PM EST. The return flight will depart Jacksonville at 8 AM EST, arriving at Phoenix at 9:37 AM MST.
“American Airlines is excited to launch new nonstop service between Jacksonville International Airport and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport this November,” said Philippe Puech, American Airlines Director of Short-Haul Network Planning. “With service to eight destinations from JAX, American is delighted to offer customers expanded access to our global network as they begin to plan a winter getaway.”
“This nonstop flight will not only link us to our largest unserved market, but it will also offer excellent connecting opportunities for passengers,” Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) CEO Mark VanLoh said. “American Airlines has given Northeast Florida travelers an opportunity to trade in humidity for the desert heat.”
Strong business ties between Jacksonville and Phoenix were one of the contributing factors for adding the new service. Both cities are home to Mayo Clinic campuses.
“We are excited Jacksonville will be conveniently and expeditiously connected with Phoenix through this nonstop service on American Airlines, creating efficient travel between two of Mayo Clinic’s premier destination medical centers,” said Kent Thielen, M.D., CEO, Mayo Clinic in Florida.
According to June flight schedule data provided by Cirium Diio Mi, American Airlines is the largest carrier at JAX. The airline currently offers nonstop service from JAX to Austin, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Miami, Philadelphia and Washington D.C.
Jacksonville has seen steady growth in flights to and from the airport over the summer, including new flights by the low-cost carrier Breeze.