“We expect Wilmington Air Park to remain, along with CVG, part of a dual hub system in the Cincinnati-Dayton area,” Schwieterman told this news outlet. “Wilmington continues to have a very expansive set of overnight flights, making it an important part of Amazon’s system providing next day delivery. It remains one of Amazon Air’s largest hubs.”
“ATSG’s presence at Wilmington Air Park at large Amazon facilities nearby also makes it an important logistics center for Amazon,” he added, referring to an air cargo carrier based at Wilmington.
The percentage of its flights serving U.S. destinations accounted for by CVG and ILN grew from some 14% to 21% in the six months leading up to September 2022, the report said.
Amazon’s operation in Wilmington —which opened in spring 2019, following a pilot project — is where the spokes of a massive cargo-sorting hub meet, with 1,100 employees (as of last July) working across 1.1 million square feet of space — 550,000 square feet on each of two levels.
Amazon was pleased with the outcome of the pilot project in Wilmington, even though the company decided in 2017 to build its main, $1.5 billion hub at Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport.
“The expansion in the Ohio Valley supports next-day fulfillment of products that can’t be easily stocked at all regional warehouses and paves the way for expanded third-party delivery, a sector dominated by FedEx and UPS,” the DePaul report said.
Wilmington departures are more tightly concentrated in the early morning hours than CVG, with most occurring between midnight and 1:45 a.m., the report states.
CVG and ILN appear to have an average of around 84 takeoffs and landings daily, and close to 100 on the busiest days, it said.
Amazon has helped transform the Wilmington Air Park. Cargo traffic at Wilmington grew 289% in 2020 compared to 2019, according to a February 2021 analysis by DePaul University. Amazon is the reason why.
Questions were sent to Amazon representatives about the report Tuesday.