Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky - American e-commerce giant Amazon is building a cargo facility at Cincinnati International Airport with a USD1.5 billion investment.
The company plans to make Cincinnati a hub for its freighter operations. The facility will be built on 3 million square feet (280,000 square meters) field in total and will be completed in 2021.
Amazon's new base at Cincinnati International will have parking places for up to 100 freighter aircraft when completed. Amazon has leased the required land for its facilities from the airport operator for 50 years.
Amazon wants to have more control over its freighter operations and become less dependent on other cargo operators such as UPS and FedEx.
The new facility will also enable the company to materialize its plans of shipping goods in a day for Prime members.
"This hub is going to let us get packages to customers faster, and that's a big deal," Jeff Bezos, the boss of Amazon said.
"We're going to move Prime from two days to one day, and this hub is a big part of that," Bezos added.