As we note in the news section, a small regional airport will help handle the demand from Amazon Prime members for just-in-time delivery. At the same time, it will generate badly-needed jobs.
Amazon has been an active member of the business community in Kentucky for nearly 20 years, employing more than 10,000 people in full-time jobs across 11 fulfillment center locations.
Candace S. McGraw, CEO of the CVG Airport, observes that the company is creating new jobs and investing even further in Kentucky with plans to build a centralized air hub to support its growing fleet of Prime Air cargo planes.
When the site opens, the company expects to create more than 2,000 new jobs.
“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, centralized 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,” says Dave Clark, Amazon Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations.
Last year, Amazon entered into agreements with two carriers to lease 40 dedicated cargo airplanes to support Prime members with fast, free shipping.
Today, 16 of those planes are in service for Amazon customers with more planes rolling out over time. Furthermore, Amazon’s Prime Air hub at CVG will support Amazon’s dedicated fleet of Prime Air cargo planes by loading, unloading and sorting packages.