Amazon has formally started operations at its first European Amazon Air hub, based mostly out of the Leipzig/Halle Airport in Germany. The brand new facility spans 20,000 sq. meters (65,600 sq. ft) and can host two Amazon-branded Boeing 737-800 plane, brining the corporate’s complete operational air fleet to over 70 plane.
The retail giants says that the brand new hub will generate greater than 200 jobs regionally within the Leipzig space, the place it already employs over 1,500 because of the presence of a big regional fulfilment heart. Amazon additionally notes that this may assist the corporate proceed to supply well timed supply in Europe because the pandemic continues.
Amazon has steadily grown its Air cargo logistics operations since debuting the growth of its supply and transport community in 2016. It has regional air hubs at airports in Texas, Puerto Rico, and Florida within the U.S., and plans to broaden to Sand Bernardino Worldwide Airport in California and Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Worldwide Airport in 2021.
Again in June, it added a dozen new plane to its fleet in a transfer that was mentioned to assist it deal with additional demand because of COVID. The addition of its European hub signifies it’s nonetheless prioritizing rising this facet of its operations, which is smart given demand for its companies are seemingly spiking amid the present second virus wave in Europe and elsewhere globally.