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JSX Ditches Phoenix Sky Harbor for Smaller Scottsdale Airport

The carrier has been pivoting its strategy away from larger hub airports in recent months.

A JSX E-145 prepares for its return flight to Dallas after landing in Austin. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Mateen Kontoravdis)

On Thursday, JSX announced that it will relocate its Arizona operations from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) to a new private terminal at Scottsdale Airport (SDL), which is nearly 20 miles north. This move will take effect on Jan. 10, 2024.

The carrier will retain its existing routes from the Phoenix area, including Burbank (BUR), Denver/Boulder (BJC), and Las Vegas (LAS). JSX will operate up to 12 flights per week between Scottsdale and Burbank, 7 daily flights between Scottsdale and Denver/Boulder, and up to 11 flights per week between Scottsdale and Las Vegas.

JSX allows passengers to avoid the hustle and bustle of busy airport terminals for smaller fixed-based operators (FBOs). Passengers can expect quick check-in (20 minutes or less), spacious 30-seat Embraer jets, complimentary amenities like snacks and beverages, and in-flight Starlink Wi-Fi.

Scottsdale Air Service

Scottsdale’s single-runway airport is one of the busiest in the country for private aviation. Each year, it records over 133,000 takeoffs and landings.

Despite being a major home to private aviation, the airport does not have scheduled air service. It does see regular flights from Set Jet, a membership-based private jet charter program, which serves destinations such as Aspen, Los Angeles, and Salt Lake City.

“JSX’s new focus location in Scottsdale is a prime example of the commitment we uphold to expanding premium service options for travelers,” said JSX CEO Alex Wilcox in a press release. “JSX will better match its service to its Customers’ needs and preferences by utilizing the popular Scottsdale Airport, offering efficiency and ease to a growing number of business and leisure travelers alike who embrace our safe, simple, joy-filled flights.”

JSX’s relocation to Scottsdale Airport is part of the company’s evolving growth strategy. In the last several months, the carrier has shifted operations away from larger airports, including from Miami to nearby Opa-Locka Airport (OPF) and Austin Bergstrom to Austin Executive Airport (EDC).

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