CEO Jeff Bezos present as Amazon cargo hub breaks ground at CVG

Updated: May. 14, 2019 at 4:50 PM EDT
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HEBRON, KY. (FOX19) - Officials broke ground on the new Amazon cargo hub coming to the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport Tuesday.

Amazon and CVG executives spoke at the groundbreaking, and even Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos turned a little dirt for the occasion. Amazon’s $1.5 billion investment will support a fleet of more than 100 Prime Air cargo planes, according to CVG’s website.

CVG, state and local officials say they worked with Amazon on a deal to:

  • Lease more than 900 acres of CVG land for more than 50 years
  • Construct three million square feet of buildings
  • Add more than 2,000 jobs to CVG’s existing base of 10,000

Amazon and CVG executives spoke at the groundbreaking as well as some pilots saying this is transformational for the area..

“It is really exciting for us, the fact that we will be operating aircraft out of this airport for years to come is just fantastic," Director of Amazon Air Sarah Rhoads said.

CVG has leased more than 900 acres of land to Amazon for more than 50 years.

“They have about 18 planes flying in and out of here today and when this is done, you’ll see dozens and dozens of aircraft," CVG CEO Candace McGraw said.

Pilots who fly for Amazon, at contracted carriers Atlas Air, Southern Air and ABX Air, said this is causing some panic.

“The ground is falling out from underneath our carriers and to prevent disaster at Amazon and its new internal logistics network, Atlas Air and ATSG need to correct high attrition, low pay, and mistreatment of pilots by working with us to settle a fair contract," they said in a statement.

Airport officials said passengers will not be impacted as the hub is being built.

It’s expected to officially open for business in 2021.

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