Amazon Opened a US$1.5 billion aviation hub In Northern Kentucky, it plans to process millions of packages every day by the end of this year.
Located at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, the facility will become the central hub of Amazon’s American Airlines cargo business, which currently covers 40 locations across the country.
Amazon said that eventually there will be more than 2,000 employees working in the aviation hub.Its main building is an 800,000-square-foot sorting center that uses extensive robotic technology, including mobile drives (pictured below) and Advanced robotic arm.
Sarah Rhoads, Amazon’s vice president of global aviation, said the hub “has a great location to connect us more closely with customers across the country.” Posts about new facilities.
Will it eventually link the company to greater business opportunities? The scale of the facility has reignited speculation about the possibility of Amazon providing its own freight services, not just fulfilling Amazon’s orders. This will allow the company to directly compete with UPS, U.S. Postal Service, FedEx and other companies.
If this is the plan, Amazon will not give in.
“Now, we will definitely focus on our customers,” Rhoads Tell CNBC“We have established a hub in Cincinnati to serve our Amazon customers, but there is no other way.”
Amazon announced these plans in 2017, broke ground in 2019, and started operations last week.
The company purchased freighters directly for the first time in January, added 11 self-owned aircraft to its leased fleet, and allowed Amazon to have more than 85 freighters in its network by the end of 2022.