AIKENS IS JAA’S NEW CHAIRMANNov 15th, 2011 | By Submitted | Category: Front Page
Dr. Chester Aikens, a Jacksonville dentist, attorney, and businessman, is the new Chairman of the Board of the Jacksonville Aviation Authority. This aviation system consists of four distinct airports—Jacksonville International Airport, Cecil Airport, Jacksonville Executive at Craig Airport, and Herlong Recreational Airport. He also starts his second four-year term on the board after recently being reappointed by Mayor Alvin Brown. Aikens will serve as its chair as JAA celebrates its tenth anniversary.
Dr. Aikens, who served on the Jacksonville Port Authority during the 1990s before the marine port and the airports separated, looks forward to continued growth even in an economically challenging environment. Over the past ten years, JAA’s operating revenues have grown steadily from just over $40 million in 2002 to an estimated $63 million this year. The JAA’s total economic impact last year alone was approximately $2.9 billion dollars and provided an estimated 30,000 direct and indirect jobs related to aviation.
Dr. Aikens is a graduate of Madison High School and is the brother of Rhonda Moore and Katrina Aikens of Madison.