Manchester airport’s growing cargo business boosted as Amazon Air arrives

  • The new cargo facility at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport. Manchester-Boston Regional Airport

  • The new cargo facility at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport. November 2022. Manchester-Boston Regional Airport—Courtesy

Monitor staff
Published: 11/18/2022 8:38:46 AM

Amazon Air has begun daily cargo service at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, a high-profile addition to the airport’s increasingly important business of moving packages as well as people.

The inaugural flight of the subsidiary of Amazon arrived from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport early Thursday morning, the airport said in a  press release. Amazon Air will begin with one daily Boeing 767-300 flight. This is its first flight into New Hampshire.

It is also the first figure using a new 65,000-square-foot cargo building built through a partnership between the airport and real estate investment company Realterm. The new facility offers three widebody aircraft parking positions managed by the airport with the option to expand to a fourth.

Like many regional airports, Manchester airport has seen a declining number of passengers over the past decade and was hit hard by the pandemic shutdown. Passenger traffic has rebounded since 2020 but remains less than half of what it was back in 2012 and less than a quarter of the peak in 2005. About half of the airports’ passenger gates are unused.

Its cargo business, on the other hand, has been growing. The airport reported moving 206 million pounds of cargo in 2021, compared to 193 million pounds in 2019 before the pandemic hit and about 15% more than it handled a decade ago.

The expansion is part of a general increase in logistics and distribution businesses in and around the airport that officials think will continue to grow, especially with the increase in online shopping fueled by pandemic stay-at-home patterns.

“Enhancing our air cargo facilities with the introduction of Amazon Air underscores the economic development that is occurring not only in Manchester but throughout New Hampshire and Northern New England,” said Airport Director Ted Kitchens in a prepared statement.

Amazon Air’s flights will be operated by cargo airline Atlas Air, with ground handling by Trego-Dugan Aviation and aircraft maintenance by Keenan Technical Industries.

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David Brooks is a reporter and the writer of the sci/tech column Granite Geek and blog, as well as moderator of Science Cafe Concord events. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in mathematics he became a newspaperman, working in Virginia and Tennessee before spending 28 years at the Nashua Telegraph . He joined the Monitor in 2015.

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