Amazon to build $1.5bn air cargo hub in Kentucky, US
E-commerce firm Amazon has unveiled plans to build a new centralized air cargo hub in Kentucky, US.
The company will reportedly invest around $1.5bn to develop the hub that will support its fleet of Prime Air cargo planes.
The facility will be constructed at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport (CVG) in Hebron, which is expected to create around 2,000 new jobs in the region.
It will be used by Prime Air cargo planes for loading, unloading and sorting packages.
With 11 fulfillment center locations in Kentucky, Amazon already provides employment for around 10,000 people in the region.
Last year, Amazon signed agreements with two carriers to lease 40 cargo airplanes to provide free shipping services for Prime members.
Currently, 16 planes are offering services to Amazon customers, while remaining planes will be operational over time.
Amazon worldwide operations senior vice president Dave Clark said: “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, centralized location with great connectivity to our nearby fulfillment locations, and an excellent quality of living for employees.
CVG Airport CEO Candace McGraw said: “We’ve worked hard to ensure CVG is a great place to do business and we couldn’t be more pleased that Amazon recognized those efforts with plans to build a top-in-class air cargo hub at our airport.”
Image: Prime Air cargo planes will use new centralized air hub for loading, unloading and sorting packages. Photo: courtesy of Amazon.com, Inc.