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
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
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
"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
JPA board members approved the purchase of 159 acres of land
adjacent to Jacksonville International Airport for $5. …