It has been confirmed that Amazon Air plans to open a new regional air hub at San Bernardino International airport.

The project, which was was approved by the Federal Aviation Administration in 2019, involves a 660,000 square foot facility that is being built through a partnership with the airport and developer Hillwood Enterprises. At an estimated cost of US$200m, the facility will allow Amazon to operate alongside both UPS and FedEx, who already have a presence at the airport.

Local sources indicate that actual operations could begin in the third quarter of this year, with full service following at some point in 2021. However, despite the anticipated creation of extra jobs, the news has not been welcomed by all. In particular, environmental campaigners have expressed grave concerns over the levels of pollution that could arise from this undertaking. Because of this, campaigners have taken the FAA, the airport and the developer to court, questioning the approval process.