Amazon Opts For CVG Over Wilmington Air Park For Hub

Rodiano Bonacci
Febbraio 4, 2017

Amazon will invest $1.49 billion to build the facility on 900 acres at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, said Mindy Kershner, an airport spokeswoman.

Inc.is building a new air hub near Cincinnati to support a growing fleet of planes that can move inventory around the USA so online shoppers get their orders quickly.

Seattle-based Amazon said the airport at Hebron, Kentucky, quickly "rose to the top of the list" of contenders for the air hub due to the area's workforce, centralized location and proximity to regional distribution centers.

The company will be creating over 2,000 new jobs upon the opening of the hub, which will reportedly cost around $1.5bn to complete.

The distribution center will include a 3 million-square-foot sorting facility, a 350,000 square-foot loading dock, as well as ramp space to house 100 cargo jets. "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 signed agreements to lease 40 Prime Air cargo planes, with 16 now in service for Amazon customers.

The decision to build the the hub in Cincinnati is a disappointment to officials at the Wilmington Air Park in Wilmington which has been managing an air-transport network for Amazon for more than a year.

Just last month, Amazon announced it will be creating 100,000 new, full-time jobs in the United States by the middle of 2018. Amazon will receive a $40 million state and local tax incentive and another $5 million from CVG. The airport is located in Hebron, Kentucky, and is southwest of Cincinnati.

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