Amazon Eyes Albuquerque Airport For New Cargo Facility

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Amazon is eying the airport of New Mexico's most populous city as the site for construction of a new cargo facility.

City Council members on Monday formally proposed a lease agreement for Seattle-based Amazon to build a 30,750-square-foot cargo facility at the Albuquerque International Sunport.

“This is very exciting for economic development in Albuquerque,” said Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller.

Amazon spokeswoman Eileen Hards declined comment beyond a prepared statement saying that the company hasn’t signed a lease for the site yet, but is “actively exploring options locally.”

Existing cargo operations at the airport are at capacity, officials said.

Keller said the city is working to develop an intermodal transportation hub at the Sunport to make it a single transfer point for planes, trains, and trucks.

“We know we’ve got land at the Sunport, and we have high demand for cargo,” Kelller said.

Albuquerque recently secured a $6.5 million federal grant to expand the airport's cargo apron.

Amazon already has a distribution center in Albuquerque and is currently building a sorting facility at the same location.