Amazon Air officially launched operations out of its brand new, $1.5 billion air cargo hub at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), part of a push by the e-commerce giant to accelerate shipping speeds across its network.
The new CVG hub is intended to be Seattle-based Amazon’s primary artery for sorting and processing packages across its logistics network of more than 40 US airports. Construction of the campus—which sits on a sprawling, 600-acre site located just a half hour’s drive from Cincinnati—has been ongoing since ground was broken by CEO Jeff Bezos in 2019.
By the end of 2021, the CVG facility will operate a dozen daily flights and process “millions of packages” per week, Sarah Rhodes, VP of Amazon Global Air, wrote in a blog post.
“We’re excited to get rolling in Northern Kentucky, and we’re thrilled to employ thousands of fantastic people from the area in this next-generation, highly sophisticated facility that will connect our air cargo network for years to come,” Rhodes said in a statement.
Amazon Air contracts flying with cargo airlines Air Transport Services Group (ATSG) and Atlas Air, as well as Minneapolis-based ULCC Sun Country Airlines, which converted several Boeing 737-800 jets to freighters last year.
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