Amazon to build Cincinnati air cargo hub

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Amazon is to create a centralised air cargo hub at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport to support the growing fleet of Prime Air aircraft, creating 2,000 jobs when the site opens.

The online retailer entered agreements last year to lease 40 cargo aircraft to support Prime members with fast, free delivery, and 16 are in service with more due for delivery.

The Cincinnati air hub will support Amazon’s dedicated fleet of Prime Air aircraft by loading, unloading and sorting packages. Reports claim Amazon will invest about $1.49 billion in the air cargo hub.

Amazon senior vice president of worldwide operations, Dave Clark says: “As we considered places for the long-term home for our air hub operations, Hebron quickly rose to the top of the list with a large, skilled workforce, centralised location with great connectivity to our nearby fulfillment locations, and an excellent quality of living for employees.”

He adds: “We couldn’t be more excited to add 2,000-plus Amazon employees to join the more than 10,000 who work with us today across our robust operations in Kentucky.”

Governor of Kentucky, Matt Bevin says: “Kentucky’s ideal location, proven workforce and an already extensive shipping and logistics industry have been the backbone of our relationship with Amazon for nearly 20 years.

“This new project will pay dividends to both the company and our state, and we are truly grateful for the jobs and economic impact it will bring to the commonwealth.”