Amazon Air will make San Bernardino International Airport a regional air hub from next year.
The online retail giant joins more than 75 other companies based at the Californian airport, located 60 miles east of Los Angeles.
The project is privately financed including the critical airport infrastructure and is expected to add thousands of jobs to the local economy.
Michael Burrows, executive director of San Bernardino airport, said, “We are pleased to invite Amazon Air to initiate cargo operations alongside other partners at our new cargo facility to benefit local residents and contribute to the region’s job growth and economic recovery.”
Sarah Rhoads, vice president of Amazon Global Air, said the San Bernardino regional hub will further its commitment to fast, free shipping.
She said, “The Regional Air Hub is being built from the ground up to fit Amazon Air’s operational needs, including the use of solar power and electric ground support equipment. We look forward to opening the facility in 2021.”
Mayor John Valdivia, president of the San Bernardino International Airport Authority Commission, added, “This is an outstanding partnership. We welcome Amazon Air to the San Bernardino business community and look forward to advancing this next-generation air cargo hub and its immense economic and employment benefits both locally and on a national scale.”