Jacksonville International Airport is a joint civil-military public airport located 13 miles north of downtown Jacksonville, a city in Duval County, Florida. This airport is owned and operated by the Jacksonville Aviation Authority. Construction of the airport started in 1965, in order for the city to accommodate a more cosmopolitan populace which was introduced with the sizable naval bases in the region. The Jacksonville International Airport was dedicated on September 1, 1968, replacing Imeson Field. Imeson Field had to be replaced because of the advent of commercial jet travel and the longer takeoff runs required by jet airliners. The terrain prohibited lengthening the runways at Imeson Field.
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