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Amazon picks Alliance for regional air hub, bringing hundreds of jobs to DFW

The runway at Alliance Airport was extended by 1,000 feet this year.
The runway at Alliance Airport was extended by 1,000 feet this year. rmallison@star-telegram.com

Amazon may not be bringing HQ2 to North Texas but it is bringing its fleet of planes.

Amazon announced plans Tuesday to open a regional air hub at Alliance Airport and bring hundreds of jobs to the region.

The announcement said the regional hub “will include a brand new facility that will be built to suit Amazon Air’s needs.”

Construction is already underway, “which will create hundreds of new jobs,” Amazon said in a news release. This is the first airport project of its kind for Amazon Air.

“Unlike other gateways and facilities within Amazon Air’s network, the Regional Air Hub will be tailored specifically to Amazon Air’s larger scale regional needs,” Amazon said. “The Regional Air Hub will be constructed with the future in mind to include sortation capability and infrastructure to handle multiple flights daily.”

The new hub should be up and running next year with daily flights planned.

“We are excited to build a brand new facility from the ground up at the Fort Worth Alliance Airport,” said Sarah Rhoads, director of Amazon Air. “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.”

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price said the announcement is another victory for Fort Worth. Though the Amazon facility will be built in Haslet, Fort Worth will benefit from fuel and airport fees.

“The expansion of Amazon services at Alliance Airport is a huge win for Fort Worth,” Price said. “The recent improvements and runway extension made at Alliance Airport are already proving beneficial. Fort Worth continues to establish itself as a transportation and logistics hub.”

Congresswoman Kay Granger, R-Fort Worth, also praised Amazon’s commitment to Fort Worth.

“I am excited to welcome Amazon Air and the hundreds of jobs this regional hub will create in the Fort Worth area,” Granger said in a statement. “Alliance continues to draw the very best. It more than meets expectations year after year.”

Haslet Mayor Bob Golden also welcomed the news saying, “Haslet is very happy and excited to welcome another Amazon facility to our city. Amazon has been an awesome partner and we look forward to expanding that relationship in the future.”

Though Amazon’s buildings will be in Haslet, the increased traffic at the airport solidifies Fort Worth as a logistics hub, councilman Dennis Shingleton said.

Having the Dallas-Fort Worth region on a short list for HQ2 was a win, he said, and Amazon’s continued interest in the area may spur smaller businesses to relocate.

“There’s plenty of company’s out there who may have said ‘We never thought about Fort Worth, but they’re on Amazon’s list,’” he said.

Fort Worth Chamber senior vice president Chris Strayer said Amazon’s move to Alliance was a benefit from increased regional partnerships with communities it Tarrant County.

“I’m sure we will continue to work with Amazon in the future to identify any other new opportunities in our area,” he said in a statement.

Bill Burton, executive vice president at Hillwood, the developer of Alliance, said the company is “pleased to grow our partnership with Amazon” at the airport.

“As one of the world’s most influential retail, technology and supply chain logistics companies, Amazon’s selection of Fort Worth Alliance Airport will continue to transform the airport’s role within the region,” Burton said.

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Bill Hanna is an award-winning reporter who has covered just about every beat at the Star-Telegram. He currently covers Arlington but also writes about a variety of subjects including weather, wildlife, traffic and health.

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