Amazon to set up an international cargo hub in Cincinnati in early Q2 2017

Amazon.com has announced it will develop Cincinnati Int’l Airport into an air hub to support its growing Prime Air fleet.

Prime Air’s first 767, N1997A. Image copyright: Chris Edwards

In a press release, the global online retailer said the first of the forty B767 freighters to use the Kentuckian airfield will arrive in April. Thereafter, Amazon plans to build a 280,000 sqm handling facility which, once fully operational, will create 2,700 jobs (600 of them full-time).

“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 Governor 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.”

Last year, Amazon had signed agreements with Atlas Air and Air Transport Services Group, parent firm to ABX Air and ATI – Air Transport International, to lease twenty 767 from each of the groups, for a total of forty aircraft.

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