US-based e-commerce company Amazon is planning to build a centralised air hub to support its growing fleet of Prime Air cargo planes in Kentucky, US.
The company anticipates that this new air hub will create employment opportunities for nearly 2,000 people.
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, 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."
Last year, the American e-retailer signed agreements with two carriers to lease 40 dedicated cargo airplanes to support Prime members with fast, free shipping.
There are currently 16 planes in service, and more aircraft is expected to come into service in the near future.
Amazon’s Prime Air hub at CVG Airport will support its fleet by loading, unloading and sorting packages.
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 recognised those efforts with plans to build a top-in-class air cargo hub at our 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.”
The online retailer is also planning to create more than 100,000 jobs across the US over the next 18 months.
Image: Amazon plans to build new air cargo hub in Kentucky. Photo: courtesy of Amazon.