Amazon is once again doubling down on its logistics network, with plans to open a new regional air hub in the Dallas area next month for its fleet of delivery planes.
Amazon called the Regional Air Hub at the Fort Worth Alliance Airport the “first build-to-suit airport project of its kind in the Amazon Air network.” The new air hub will be able to handle multiple flights daily and play an important role in delivery sortation in the region.
“We are excited to start flying to and from our new facility at the Fort Worth Alliance Airport very soon — this facility will allow us to offer even more selection and faster delivery to our customers,” said Sarah Rhoads, vice president of Amazon Global Air. “This is our latest investment in Texas and we look forward to hiring top talent from the local community.”
Amazon said the project will create up to 300 local jobs. Amazon has created more than 22,000 jobs in Texas since 2010, the company said. Dallas is one of six cities where Amazon will hold a “Career Day” next week, and the new air hub will be a part of that event.
As Amazon seeks to speed up shipping, headlined by a move to reduce its core delivery benefit to a one-day turnaround, its air fleet will play a major role. In June, Amazon leased an additional 15 planes, pushing the Amazon Air fleet to 70 jets by 2021.
Amazon Air launched in 2016 and now operates out of more than 20 U.S. airports. CEO Jeff Bezos helped break ground earlier this year on the $1.5 billion Air Hub at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, which will open in 2021.