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MIAMI: October 11, 2018. Amazon Prime Air has begun double-daily flights from Miami International Airport to domestic US destinations with B767-300 freighter aircraft operated by Atlas Air Worldwide.

Amazon Prime Air MIAAn onsite sort facility at the airport adds to four Amazon warehouses in Miami-Dade County, all within 12 miles of MIA. The largest is an 885,000 sq.ft. fulfillment center at Miami-Opalocka Executive Airport opened this year.

“Amazon Air’s two daily flights will add a significant boost to our domestic cargo traffic, which is already up 17 percent through August,” commented Miami-Dade Aviation director Lester Sola.

Earlier this year officials from the county’s aviation department hosted an e-commerce strategy workshop with the goal of establishing the area as a leading e-commerce hub. The move was prompted by market research firm eMarketer that forecasts sales of US$84.8 billion in Latin America by 2019. MIA handles more freight to Latin America and the Caribbean than any other US airport.

“We are excited to launch the Miami gateway to support our growing air operation,” added Sarah Rhoads, director of Amazon Air. “Amazon has enjoyed being a part of the Miami-Dade community and are thrilled to continue our relationship.”