January 31, 2017 5:00 PM, EST

Amazon Establishes Air Cargo Hub in Kentucky

Mark Makela/Reuters

Online retailer is building a new centralized air cargo hub at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport to support the company’s growing fleet of cargo planes.

The Prime Air facility in Hebron, Kentucky, will create 2,000 jobs when fully operational, according to Dave Clark, Amazon senior vice president of worldwide operations.

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The location is close to a number of Amazon fulfillment centers and “will support Amazon and customers well into the future,” Clark said in a statement Jan. 31.

Last year, Amazon agreed to lease 40 dedicated cargo planes. The company has 16 planes in service and is operating from a former DHL air cargo hub in Wilmington, Ohio.

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin said the hub “promises to revolutionize the fulfillment industry worldwide,” and the state “is excited to partner with them as they embark on this disruptive, transformative and exciting venture.”

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UPS Inc. and FedEx Corp. operate similar air cargo hubs in Louisville, Kentucky; and Memphis, Tennessee, respectively.

UPS ranks No. 1 and FedEx No. 2 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of the largest U.S. and Canadian for-hire carriers.