Air CargoAmerican ShipperNews

Hawaii says ‘Aloha’ to Amazon Air

Retail giant continues to spool up air network with two more air cargo terminals

Amazon Air launched cargo operations in Maui and on Hawaii Island last week to help facilitate speedier deliveries for Prime customers.

The retail giant’s two newest regional gateways are at Kahului Airport and Kona International Airport, the company said in a news release shared with FreightWaves that hasn’t been posted on its website. It first announced the start of air cargo operations in a tweet last week.

Amazon’s (NASDAQ: AMZN) in-house airline is now operating daily flights from its mainland regional gateway at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside, California, to Hawaii.

The new cargo terminals supplement the existing gateway — at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu — which opened in April 2018. 

“We are excited to expand Amazon Air’s operations in Hawaii so that we can deliver for Hawaiian customers who are relying on us during this time,” said Chris Preston, director of Amazon Air gateway operations, in a statement. “We look forward to improving the delivery window for customers in Maui and on Hawaii Island over time, just like we did in Honolulu when we first began operations.”

The launch of the regional gateways follows Amazon’s land acquisition in Honolulu last month. Media outlets in the state and real estate developers reported that Amazon bought a piece of industrial property near Honolulu Harbor from Honolulu Servco Pacific, an auto and truck distributor. 

In July, Amazon also opened a new regional air hub in Lakeland, Florida, as it rapidly spreads its air network to all regions of the country to keep up with its e-commerce business. It plans to open its primary air hub next summer at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

“Amazon has already invested more than $100 million in our great state and has more than 6,500 small and medium-sized businesses growing their business using Amazon products and services. We look forward to the continued benefits Amazon’s presence will have for customers and commerce across our islands,” Gov. David Ige said in a statement.

Click here for more FreighWaves/American Shipper stories by Eric Kulisch.


Mesa Airlines envisions operating 10 DHL cargo jets by 2022

Atlas Air capitalizes on transport shortages for big Q2 profit gain

E-commerce, pandemic charters boost ATSG’s Q2 revenues

Eric Kulisch

Eric is the Supply Chain and Air Cargo Editor at FreightWaves. An award-winning business journalist with extensive experience covering the logistics sector, Eric spent nearly two years as the Washington, D.C., correspondent for Automotive News, where he focused on regulatory and policy issues surrounding autonomous vehicles, mobility, fuel economy and safety. He has won two regional Gold Medals from the American Society of Business Publication Editors for government coverage and news analysis, and was voted best for feature writing and commentary in the Trade/Newsletter category by the D.C. Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. As associate editor at American Shipper Magazine for more than a decade, he wrote about trade, freight transportation and supply chains. Eric is based in Portland, Oregon. He can be reached for comments and tips at