Fort Worth Alliance Airport has received a $5.5 million grant as it prepares to become a regional air hub for Amazon.
The Federal Aviation Administration awarded the Airport Improvement Program grant for a taxiway extension at Alliance, according to a June 2 announcement by the city of Fort Worth. The money will be used to build infrastructure needed to handle additional air traffic once Amazon opens an air hub at the airport.
“Today’s announcement is another example of how Fort Worth Alliance Airport continues to demonstrate the success of one of this country’s extraordinary public-private partnerships,” U.S. Rep. Kay Granger of Fort Worth said in a news release. “This significant investment will support Amazon’s new facility that will employ close to 1,000 people, further contributing to the tremendous economic development in North Texas.”
Amazon’s air hub is under construction and is expected to open at Alliance later this year. Once opened, the facility will have the ability to sort packages and handle multiple flights daily.
Alliance Airport is part of AllianceTexas, a 26,000-acre development in northeast Fort Worth home to more than 500 companies. In June, its developer, Hillwood, announced the development will be an innovation hub for new surface and air transportation technologies.
The AllianceTexas Mobility Innovation Zone is already working on two new projects. One will allow shipping containers to move throughout AllianceTexas using self-driving trucks. Another is testing the usage of drones.