Jeff Bezos, the founder of the e-commerce giant, hopped aboard an 8-tonne front loader to lift the first pile of dirt, thus launching the new Amazon project. In Cincinnati, Kentucky, USA, the company owned by Bezos will build a new hub and airport that will serve its own cargo airlines.
Already last year Amazon presented plans for an investment worth $1.5 billion, which will result in the Amazon Prime Air hub located on an area of nearly one thousand acres. As the American media describe it vividly, this is an area larger than the area of 31 baseball stadiums of the local Cincinnati Reds team.
The new hub will employ 2,000 people. Amazon’s own airport and hub are due to be ready in 2021.
We’re investing $1.5 billion in our new air hub to get you your packages faster. Three million square feet, and it’s going to create 2,000 jobs. And if you’re guessing that driving a front loader was fun, you’re right! #amazon #prime pic.twitter.com/Cud4orKrC4
— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) May 14, 2019
That’s a big deal,” Bezos said, according to Cincinnati Enquirer. “We’re going to move Prime from two days to one day, and this hub is a big part of that. I am super excited about that.”
See how Amazon’s hub in Cincinnati will look like
In addition, Amazon’s own cargo airlines, which it intends to develop, will reduce shipping costs. According to the estimates presented at the end of last year by the analyst of the investment bank Morgan Stanley, the mere shifting of air transport to Amazon Air may give savings of up to $2 billion a year.