Amazon Air joins Miami International Airport
Miami International Airport last week became part of Amazon Air’s cargo flight operations, at the same time that the airport was marking a nearly 4% gain in cargo carried for the year to date.
Amazon launched twice-daily freighter service at Miami Internastional to destinations across the US. The new service is being operated by Atlas Air Worldwide with Boeing 767-300F aircraft and includes an onsite facility to sort packages bound for their next destination.
Amazon already operates four warehouses in Miami-Dade County, all within 12 miles of Miami International, the largest of which is a new 885,000-square-foot fulfillment center at Miami-Opa locka Executive Airport completed this year.
The additional service comes as Miami International is recording substantial 2018 cargo gains, including a gain of 17.25% in domestic cargo tonnage and a gain of 1.78% in the far larger category of international cargo tonnage. In the first eight months of the year, Miami International handed 246,018 tons of total domestic cargo and 1,296,565 tons of international cargo, according to figures from the Miami-Dade County Aviation Department.
The growing cargo side of the airport has attracted multiple new cargo operators in recent months, including now Amazon Air.
Amazon Air’s launch comes nine months after Miami-Dade Aviation Department officials hosted their first e-Commerce strategy workshop with more than 30 local air cargo industry stakeholders with the goal of establishing Miami-Dade as one of the world’s leading e-commerce hubs.
Market research firm eMarketer forecasts Latin America to be a strong e-commerce growth region with a projected doubling of annual sales from $47.4 billion in 2015 to $84.8 billion in 2019, the aviation department said in a release.
Miami International is the nation’s busiest airport for international freight and handles more freight to Latin America and the Caribbean than any other US airport.
“Amazon Air’s two daily flights will add a significant boost to our domestic cargo traffic, which is already up 17% through August,” said Miami-Dade Aviation Director Lester Sola.
“I proudly welcome Amazon Air’s expansion to Miami-Dade County and appreciate its commitment of two daily flights at MIA,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez.
“We are excited to launch the Miami gateway to support our growing air operation,” said Sarah Rhoads, director of Amazon Air. “Amazon has enjoyed being a part of the Miami-Dade community and are thrilled to continue our relationship.”