On Tuesday, the company announced it would be building a hub for its Prime Air planes at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in Hebron, Kentucky. Amazon uses cargo planes to expedite the delivery process for Amazon Prime members, who are guaranteed two-day shipping.
The tech giant said the hub would create 2,000 jobs in the process. The cost of the hub is pegged at $1.49 billion, though according to the Cincinnati Business Courier, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority gave preliminary approval for Amazon to receive $40 million in tax incentives. In a news release, Amazon said it chose to build its hub in Hebron due to its "large, skilled work force, centralized location with great connectivity to our nearby fulfillment locations, and an excellent quality of living for employees."
Amazon released its first Prime Air plane last year, securing deals with two aircraft leasing companies in order to get up to 40 Prime Air planes in the sky over the next two years. The investment in cargo transport came as Amazon began to explore making Amazon Prime deliveries via drone, completing the first such delivery in December in Cambridge, England.