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Amazon To Open 'Gateway' At Wilmington Air Park

Wilmington Air Park is the latest airport to welcome Amazon. Operations will start next year.
Wilmington Air Park is the latest airport to welcome Amazon. Operations will start next year.

Amazon has announced it will open a new air gateway at Wilmington Air Park in Wilmington, Ohio. The announcement comes as the company continues to build out its air hub operation at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

"We are excited to bring our Amazon Air operation to KILN while we continue building out our central air hub at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport," Sarah Rhoads, director of Amazon Air, said in a news release. "We are opening an operation in Wilmington to ensure we have the capacity to continue to delight our customers."

The new operation will include daily flights and an onsite facility to sort packages bound for their next destination. 

"Wilmington and Clinton County know air cargo logistics and have experience to support these operations," said Jeff Hoagland, president and CEO of the Dayton Development Coalition. "The revitalization of this strategic Ohio asset will compliment Amazon's existing operations and leverage a talented, skilled workforce ready to move their products anywhere in the world."

It's unclear how many jobs will be created. Executive Director of the Clinton County Port Authority Dan Evers says, "We do not have a precise job figure. We think it will be consequential and impactful."

Amazon Air currently operates out of more than 20 airports across the United States, with Wilmington opening next year. 

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With more than 30 years of journalism experience in the Greater Cincinnati market, Ann Thompson brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her reporting. She has reported for WKRC, WCKY, WHIO-TV, Metro Networks and CBS/ABC Radio. Her work has been recognized by the Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2019 and 2011 A-P named her “Best Reporter” for large market radio in Ohio. She has won awards from the Association of Women in Communications and the Alliance for Women in Media. Ann reports regularly on science and technology in Focus on Technology.