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CVG to be Amazon’s 1st Air Cargo Hub

[ February 13, 2017   //   ] Inc. announced on January 31 plans to build its first air cargo hub to accommodate its growing fleet of planes, signaling the company is ramping up its expansion into transporting, sorting and delivering its own packages. That new hub is to be located at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport (CVG) located across the Ohio River in Hebron, Kentucky.
“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. We feel strongly that with these qualities as a place to do business, our investments will support Amazon and customers well into the future,” said Dave Clark, Amazon Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations.
The Seattle-based retailer said it expects the new air hub at CVG will help the company meet demand from Amazon Prime members for fast, reliable delivery. The e-commerce giant expects to invest $1.49 billion to build the facility, which will be located on 900 acres. The new air hub is expected to support 16 planes that transport Amazon inventory around the country and support 2,000 new jobs.
Amazon has been an active member of the business community in Kentucky for nearly 20 years, employing more than 10,000 people in full-time jobs across 11 fulfillment center locations. The company already has a worldwide network of about 149 fulfillment centers and 20 sorting centers that handle online orders and uses 45,000 robots.

Last year Amazon signed agreements with two carriers to lease as many as 40 dedicated cargo planes to support its new Prime Air operation. 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.

“Amazon’s Prime Air hub promises to revolutionize the fulfillment industry worldwide, and Kentucky is excited to partner with them as they embark on this disruptive, transformative and exciting venture,” said Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin. “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.”
“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,” said Candace S. McGraw, CEO of the CVG Airport. “A vibrant airport improves the economic vitality of the region and adding thousands of new jobs through establishing this hub at CVG will certainly be transformational for the local economy and local businesses.”

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