Krauter Gets More Power at Port

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Jacksonville Port Authority members gave broader powers to their

president and chief executive officer last week.

The JPA approved three resolutions that give greater authority

to Ken Krauter and his senior management team.

Seen by many as a significant development for the port

authority, the action gives Krauter a freer reign to pursue his

"agenda for change," which is billed as bringing a business-like

approach to the operation of the city's airports and deep-water

seaport terminals.

Krauter now has "full delegation of authority for all

transactions" covered by the budget approved by the board. His

discretionary spending has been bumped from $25,000 to $100,000.

He now has authority to sign leases and other agreements for up

to five-year periods, well over the previous limit of one year.

Krauter thanked the board members for their "bold step and vote

of confidence."

USAir is no more.

The company officially has changed its name to US Airways.

Reservation agents, gate agents, flight crews and others began

using the new name Thursday at 12:01 a.m.

So far, several jets have been repainted in the new color

scheme of deep blue and medium gray and carry the airline's new

symbol, a stylized version of the American flag.

The company said it will take about three years to convert the

exteriors of its entire fleet, about two years to complete the

interior redo, and about six months to change airport and ticket

offices.

"Our new look is crisp and professional and reflects our

commitment to be an airline of substance, style and

international reach -- in short, the carrier of choice," said US

Airways Chairman and CEO Stephen Wolf.

Jacksonville International Airport posted a record 149,853

passengers in the month of January, topping the previous record

of 135,390 in January 1995.

Airport officials say the introduction of 14 daily flights by

low-fare carrier Southwest on Jan. 15 was a primary factor.

Other major airlines such as Delta and US Airways also posted

better-than-expected gains in passengers, said Bill Petite,

aviation properties manager.

"Southwest stimulated the market," Petite said. "They made the

pie bigger."

JPA board members approved the purchase of 159 acres of land

adjacent to Jacksonville International Airport for $5. …