Posted on: September 12, 2021 Posted by: Michele Harris Comments: 0

Amazon Air cargo hub in Northern Kentucky, US to create 2K jobs

Amazon has announced the beginning of Amazon Air Hub operations at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG). The new hub, built with an investment of $1.5 billion, will create over 2,000 jobs and serve as the central hub for Amazon Air’s US cargo network, facilitating the rapid transport of customer packages across the country.

The hub in Northern Kentucky will create jobs for people from various backgrounds, including load planning, management of package sortation, and robotics technology, the company said in a media release.

The 800,000-square-foot sortation building sits on an over 600-acre campus that features seven buildings, an expansive new ramp for aircraft parking, and a multi-story vehicle parking structure. The sortation facility is equipped with the innovative use of robotics technology that helps move and sort packages—including robotic arms and mobile drive units that transport packages across the building—miles of interlinked conveyors and ergonomic workstations that support a comfortable work environment for employees.

The building will also feature a solar rooftop scheduled for installation over the next year, and all energy generated from the panels will feed directly into the electrical grid of the local community.

“Wonderful communities and diverse teams like this are the heart and soul of our operations,” said vice president of Amazon Global Air Sarah Rhoads. “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.”

“The Amazon Air Hub at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport will make Kentucky the undisputed national leader in air cargo,” said Kentucky governor Andy Beshear. “In addition to creating thousands of direct and indirect jobs, this hub puts Kentucky at the center of Amazon’s US distribution network.”

Amazon Air continues to expand globally to meet the needs of its growing customer base while investing in jobs and sustainable solutions to power its network. Amazon Air has expanded its presence in the US to more than 40 locations and launched its European air hub in 2020 at Germany’s Leipzig/Halle Airport. Amazon Air has also purchased six million gallons of sustainable aviation fuel and invested in leading-edge electric ground service equipment.