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Amazon to plant new regional air hub at Fort Worth's Alliance Airport, Texas

AMAZON has started construction of a regional air hub at Fort Worth's Alliance Airport

Amazon to plant new regional air hub at Fort Worth's Alliance Airport, Texas

AMAZON has started construction of a regional air hub at Fort Worth's Alliance Airport

26 December 2018 - 19:00

AMAZON has started construction of a regional air hub at Fort Worth's Alliance Airport. The facility that is located on the west side of the airport is expected to commence operations in 2019 and create hundreds of jobs for the region.

The e-commerce giant said the hub will support multiple daily flights and infrastructure for sorting packages, reported Dallas Morning News, which said the company didn't provide any specific details about the facility.



Amazon's arrival is the latest win for the airport, an industrial and cargo-focused airport that's entering a new phase of growth after three decades of operations.



This summer the airport completed a US$260 million project to extend its runways, allowing for more consistent operations, especially in hot weather, for fully-loaded, large cargo aircraft.



The airport is already home to a major FedEx shipping operation, with up to 30 daily flights. The airport sees on average 300 takeoffs and landings every day, with a mix of business jet, military, cargo and general aviation traffic.



For Amazon, the Alliance hub is its latest step towards building out its own air shipping network to supplement services provided by UPS, FedEx and the US Postal Service.



'We are excited to build a brand-new facility from the ground up at the Fort Worth Alliance Airport,' Amazon Air director Sarah Rhoads said in a statement. 'The new facility is the first of its kind for us and we're thrilled to ensure we have the capacity to continue to delight our customers.'



The airport is part of the massive AllianceTexas development. The 26,000-acre project has 50,000 workers, 44 million square feet of development and $8 billion in private investment. The development also is home to an Amazon fulfilment centre.



President Tom Harris of Alliance Air/Aviation Services, which operates and manages the city-owned airport, said even after Amazon's arrival, the area directly surrounding the airport will only be half built out, leaving plenty of room to accommodate additional aircraft traffic in future.


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