WICHITA — Amazon Air has launched daily cargo service to Wichita Eisenhower National Airport with an inaugural flight arriving shortly after 2 a.m. Thursday and departing just after 5 a.m. Friday, according to a press release from FlyWichita.com.
It is Amazon Air’s first regional gateway in Kansas to support fast and efficient package deliveries to Amazon customers across the region and nation.
The Amazon Air flights will be operated by Silver Airways using an ATR72-500 aircraft and will operate daily between Wichita and Fort Worth Alliance Airport (AFW).
The Wichita Airport Authority has leased 10,691 square feet in the air cargo terminal to Trego-Dugan Aviation which is responsible for sorting and loading Amazon packages bound for their next destination. PrimeFlight Aviation will also lease 1,470 square feet to provide de-icing services. Amazon Air’s new regional gateway joins two existing Wichita-area investment sites, including a one-million-square-foot distribution center in Park City and a 140,000-square-foot delivery station up north -east of Wichita.
“We are proud to welcome Amazon Air to Wichita Eisenhower Airport,” said Jesse Romo, director of airports, Wichita Airport Authority. “This location is ideally positioned with convenient access to Interstate 54/400 and Interstate 235 to support Amazon deliveries to customers in Kansas and surrounding areas.”
“This is an exciting expansion for Amazon Air that will provide greater package shipping capacity to our valued customers throughout the Wichita area and central Kansas,” said Chris Preston, chief operating officer of Amazon Air. ‘Amazon Air Gateway. “We are delighted with Amazon’s continued investment in Kansas and look forward to continued growth to meet the needs of our customers.”
Amazon has created more than 8,000 jobs and invested more than $4 billion in Kansas over the past decade, including infrastructure and employee compensation. Amazon’s investments have so far contributed an additional $3 billion to the Kansas economy’s GDP.