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Amazon to build air cargo hub outside Cincinnati to service air fleet


As a further indication that Amazon.com is stepping up its expansion into transporting, sorting and delivering its own packages, the e-commerce giant plans to build its first air cargo hub to accommodate its growing fleet of planes at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport in Hebron, Kentucky.
The move that is expected to involve an investment of US$1.5 billion will reduce Amazon's reliance on traditional carriers, including United Parcel Service and FedEx, as well as create 2,000 jobs, reported The Wall Street Journal.
The spot for the hub was chosen partly because its central location for moving goods, said Amazon vice president Dave Clark.
Last year, the online retailer said it was planning to lease 40 cargo planes, 16 of which are currently in its fleet. It also brought on a dedicated network of 4,000 semi-trailers to boost trucking capacity, and has a fleet of citizen courier Flex drivers making deliveries in major metro areas, according to Shipping Gazette.

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