Confirms Prime Air will move their Ops from TPA to LAL once LAL is ready. TPA doesn't have the space for their future needs per link.
Big loss for TPA, I think there was enough room at the old North Cargo site.
So interesting that the local pols in TPA were willing to let their current dreams/vision for the place trump a paying customer. And I understand how many airports have been burned by iffy carriers, who, like Amazon, will walk if it doesn't work out. BUT, unlike Amazon, those carriers didn't have the wherewithal to pay their obligations if they decide to make a change.
I am intrigued how carefully Amazon analyzes the urban/rural mix of options. So SCK gets reduced in favor of SMF, after SFO was jettisoned. Interesting how many competing metrics (from ground traffic congestion, distance to DCs, Airport Navaids, airport congestion, physical and political constraints on expansion, etc., etc.) go into that decision.
Moving from TPA to LAL also probably changes the desirability of Tampa proper as a location for DCs and other Florida Amazon facilities, and increases the desirability of certain more-Inland locations. It's always hard to quantify a loss of potential growth, but it's a fair statement that Tampa likely just lost some meaningful job opportunities as Amazon growth there generally will now decelerate.
As I learned in school and life a long time ago, everything is connected to everything else. And that when it comes to significant public works projects (like a new highway or light-rail system), "He who is inelastic receiveith." (Meaning in that case that most of the benefit of the improvement actually falls upon the nearby landowners and others who are kind of stuck in place.) I think that principle probably applies to a facility development like the one planned for LAL. Figuring out the externalities of this particular decision can put $$ in the pockets of some smart local people there in Florida. In other words, the gal who owns the 1/4-full office building within a quarter-mile of the airport is taking her pals out for mimosas as we speak, and the guy with the diner near the airport is gonna see a significant bump in business.
It's "only" 40 miles between the two airports, but how this decision will change the landscape of commerce in the two places, to the extent that it can be seen (which will be harder on the TPA side), will be interesting.