Amazon Air launched a daily cargo service at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (MHT) on Thursday. The first flight from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) arrived early Thursday morning. Amazon Air starts with a daily Boeing 767-300 flight.
“This is a significant development in the airport’s history,” said Airport Director Ted Kitchens, AAE. “The enhancement of our air cargo facilities with the introduction of Amazon Air underscores the economic development happening not just in Manchester but throughout New Hampshire and Northern New England. I am proud of the efforts of our airport team to deliver, on time and on budget, a quality facility that makes a bold and impactful statement for the economy here in New Hampshire!”
MHT is recognized as one of the top 50 cargo airports in the United States and has had record-breaking cargo volumes for several years. This trend towards higher cargo volumes is expected to continue with the opening of this new facility.
“We are proud to expand our Amazon Air operations into New Hampshire while continuing to invest in the New England region,” said Chris Preston, Director of Amazon Air Gateway Operations. “This brand new facility at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport will help us better serve our customers and ensure we deliver packages quickly and efficiently throughout New England.”
The 65,000-square-foot, multi-tenant cargo building was built in partnership with airport and real estate investment firm Realterm. The new facility will offer three airport-managed widebody bays with the option to expand to a fourth.
This is Amazon Air’s first expansion into New Hampshire, and Amazon is the first tenant to operate from the new facility. Flights are operated by cargo airline Atlas Air, ground handling by Trego-Dugan Aviation and aircraft maintenance by Keenan Technical Industries.
“We are proud to be part of this historic project with MHT and Amazon,” said Alexi Lachambre, Realterm’s Vice President of Investments for Airport Infrastructure. “MHT executives have proven to be dynamic and visionary partners, positioned to capitalize on the e-commerce boom and create economic opportunity for their broader community. As demand for air freight continues to grow, exceptional infrastructure projects like this one will help ease the pressure on the regional distribution network while attracting interest from major logistics players. We look forward to continuing our partnership with MHT and supporting future expansion.”
The new facility will drive economic growth in the region for years to come. In addition to creating hundreds of jobs in the Granite State, the multi-tenant facility will enable greater connectivity in the world of e-commerce and further position the airport as the economic hub for the region.
“Business and commerce is booming here at the 603,” Governor Chris Sununu said. “This new Amazon Air operation will strengthen New Hampshire’s role in e-commerce and the global economy.”
“I am very pleased with the completion of the new cargo apron at MHT, which will nearly double the airport’s cargo capacity and reduce transportation costs while supporting local businesses and fostering job creation across the region,” said Senator Jeanne Shaheen. “As I fought to secure $7.8 million for this project in the FY2022 federal funding act, I knew it would be a wise investment for our state. Through my role on the Senate Appropriations Committee, I will continue to advocate on behalf of transportation and infrastructure projects at MHT and throughout New Hampshire.”
“Manchester-Boston Regional Airport is already an industry-leading cargo facility, so this new partnership with Amazon Air is a welcome addition,” said Joyce Craig, Mayor of Manchester. “This project will provide more jobs for our residents and boost our local economy. Thank you to the entire airport team and project engineers, architects and contractors for your tireless efforts to make this project a reality.”
“This facility will enhance New England’s connectivity to the world of e-commerce,” said Taylor Caswell, commissioner of the NH Department of Business and Economic Affairs. “According to the International Air Transport Association, 52% of consumers shopped more online during the pandemic, boosting the value of e-commerce, which is expected to reach $2.1 trillion in 2023, with 80% of cross-border This New Hampshire facility will enable the state of Granite and all of northern New England to tap into this growing sector of the world economy.”
Cargo activity has played a critical role during the pandemic to help offset falling air travel and passenger revenues. With the additional aircraft that this facility will accommodate, the airport will be able to continue its trend of reducing airline operating costs.