JACKSONVILLE, December 3, 2014 - Today the Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) celebrates the official opening of hangar 935, the largest single hangar construction at Cecil Airport to date. Flightstar Aircraft Services (Flightstar) will occupy the new facility, creating an additional 250-300 jobs.
Flightstar, headquartered at Cecil Airport, is a leading provider of heavy maintenance and repair services to the commercial aviation industry.
"We're thrilled that Flightstar is continuing to grow its business here at Cecil Airport," said JAA CEO and Executive Director Steve Grossman. "The JAA has invested a great deal over the last two decades to improve the infrastructure and facilities at Cecil Airport. The result is that companies like Flightstar can continue to expand and be successful - a win for both the business and our community."
The 113,000-square-foot hangar cost approximately $27.5 million and was financed equally by the JAA and Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). Flighstar will utilize hangar 935, along with 17,000-square-feet of support space, for commercial aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO). Three hundred parking spaces also accompany the hangar.
The project was completed on-time and construction and engineering services were provided by Balfour Beatty Construction and Michael Baker International.
"Flightstar is proud to call Cecil Airport home," said Flightstar President and CEO Jerry Hernandez. "Hangar 935 will help us continue our efforts to be the global supplier of choice for outsourced heavy aviation maintenance and passenger-to-freighter conversions. We're grateful to JAA and FDOT for their partnership on this project."
Founded in Jacksonville, Florida, in 2000, Flightstar also leases two additional MRO hangars at Cecil Airport. Together, the three hangar spaces represent more than 450,000-square-feet, and over 1,100 jobs.
For more information about Flightstar, visit http://www.flightstarjax.com.
For more information about JAA, visit www.flyjacksonville.com.
For more information about Cecil Airport, visit www.cecilairport.com.
The Jacksonville Aviation Authority operates Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) and the city's three general aviation airports - Cecil Airport, Jacksonville Executive at Craig Airport (JAXEX) and Herlong Recreational Airport. The Authority, funded through user fees and not local taxes, generates over $3 billion annually to the local economy. For more information about the Jacksonville Aviation Authority's airports, please visit www.flyjacksonville.com.