Amazon breaks ground on new $1.5bn Air Hub in Kentucky, US

15 May 2019 NORTH AMERICA BUSINESS

American e-commerce giant Amazon has broken ground on a new $1.5bn Air Hub located in Hebron, Kentucky at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG).

Scheduled to commence operations in 2021, the new Air Hub forms part of the company's commitment to ensure fast, free shipping for customers.

Amazon Air director Sarah Rhoads said:  “Our new Amazon Air hub, opening in 2021, is part of our continued investment in Prime to ensure we have the capacity required for continued outstanding service for our customers."

Amazon, which currently operates 14 fulfilment and sortation centres, one customer service centre and two Whole Foods Market stores in Kentucky, expects the new air hub to create more than 2,000 jobs.

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin said: “The commonwealth of Kentucky is thrilled to celebrate this historic day, as Amazon officially breaks ground on its $1 billion-plus Amazon Air Hub.

“This massive project at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport will be revolutionary for the region’s workforce and for our state’s overall economy.”

Amazon plans to build primary hub on the south side of the airfield.

Bevin added: “Amazon’s Prime Air hub promises to revolutionize the fulfilment industry worldwide.”

As part of deal signed with CVG, Amazon will lease more than 900 acres of CVG land for 50+ years. The Amazon's investment is expected to support a fleet of 100+ Prime Air cargo planes.

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport CEO Candace McGraw said: "A vibrant airport with a strong air cargo footprint improves the economic vitality of our region.

“We are grateful to the Amazon team for locating its Central Air Cargo Hub at CVG. We look forward to a long and fruitful partnership.”

In 2018, Amazon announced that it will establish its second headquarters (HQ2) at a site in Northern Virginia, US.

The announcement follows completion of a 14-month search during which the company received bids from 238 locations across the US, Canada and Mexico. Northern Virginia and New York City will be part of HQ2.

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Image: Amazon expects the new investment to create more than 2,000 jobs. Photo: courtesy of Amazon.com, Inc.

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