Amazon has officially started operations at its first European Amazon Air hub, based out of the Leipzig/Halle Airport in Germany. The new facility spans 20,000 square meters and will host two Amazon-branded Boeing 737-800 aircraft, bringing the company's total operational air fleet to more than 70 aircraft.
The retail giant says that the new hub will generate more than 200 jobs locally in the Leipzig area, where it already employs over 1,500 thanks to the presence of a large regional fulfilment center. Amazon also notes that this will help the company continue to offer timely delivery in Europe as the pandemic continues.
Amazon has steadily grown its Air cargo logistics operations since debuting the expansion of its delivery and shipping network in 2016. It has regional air hubs at airports in Texas, Puerto Rico and Florida in the U.S., and plans to expand to San Bernardino International Airport in California and Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in 2021.
Back in June, it added a dozen new aircraft to its fleet in a move that was said to help it handle extra demand as a result of COVID-19. The addition of its European hub indicates it's still prioritizing growing this aspect of its operations, which makes sense, given demand for its services are likely spiking amid the current second virus wave in Europe and elsewhere globally.