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Amazon launches first air gateway in Spokane

Spokane County Commissioner Al French said the Amazon air gateway would improve capacity for shipment customer packages in Spokane.

SPOKANE, Wash. — Amazon started operations at its new air gateway at the Spokane International Airport on Thursday, Oct. 14.

This is Amazon Air’s second location in Washington. The first flight, on Amazon Air’s branded 737 cargo aircraft operated by Sun Country Airlines, arrived Thursday morning from Fairbanks International Airport, with service continuing daily.

Spokane County Commissioner Al French said in a statement that the Amazon air gateway would improve capacity for shipment customer packages in Spokane.

"This new location will expand Amazon’s presence, not only in Spokane but in some of the most rural areas in the region," Spokane Airport Board Chair Ezra Eckhardt said. "Throughout the last year especially, they’ve focused on getting necessary items to customers quickly and efficiently, and we’re honored to be a part of those efforts here in our backyard.”

Trego-Dugan Aviation, an Amazon logistics partner, will manage the Amazon Air gateway. 

“Spokane International Airport, the city of Spokane, Spokane County, S3R3 Solutions, and Trego-Dugan Aviation have been excellent partners through this process and we’re looking forward to serving our customers in the Spokane region more efficiently together,” Amazon Air Gateway Operations Director Chris Preston said. 

The new gateway will create 50 new jobs in Spokane. Amazon has created more than 80,000 jobs in Washington. As a result of Amazon’s investments in Washington, more than $112 billion has been added to the state gross domestic product (GDP), which estimates the value of the goods and services produced in a state, the company said in a press release.

Trego-Dugan Aviation President Vincent Dugan said they look forward to creating new jobs in the months ahead for Spokane residents.

“We partner with companies who share our values, and Amazon supports our commitment to hire local people across our operations – we’re excited to continue our partnership with the company in Spokane," Dugan said.

People interested in applying for a job position with Trego-Dugan Aviation may contact Kelly LeBlanc at Kelly.LeBlanc@Trego-Dugan.com.

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