Amazon plans Kentucky air hub

01 / 02 / 2017

Amazon plans to build a "centralised air hub" at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport (CVG) to support its growing fleet of Prime Air freighters.

When the hub site opens in nearby Hebron, the giant e-tailer expects to create more than 2,000 new jobs, with an investment put at an unconfirmed $1.5bn by local sources.

Dave Clark, Amazon senior vice president of worldwide operations, 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, centralised location with great connectivity to our nearby fulfillment locations, and an excellent quality of living for employees.

“We feel strongly that with these qualities as a place to do business, our investments will support Amazon and customers well into the future.

“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.”

Last year, Amazon entered into agreements with US aircraft lessors ATSG and Atlas Air to lease 40 dedicated cargo planes to support Prime members with "fast, free shipping".

Added Amazon: “Today, 16 of those planes are in service for Amazon customers with more planes rolling out over time. Amazon's Prime Air hub at CVG will support Amazon's dedicated fleet of Prime Air cargo planes by loading, unloading and sorting packages.”

Kentucky governor Matt Bevin said: “Amazon's Prime Air hub promises to revolutionise the fulfillment industry worldwide, and Kentucky is excited to partner with them as they embark on this disruptive, transformative and exciting venture.

“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.”