Amazon Air launches flights to Hartsfield-Jackson

The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport is becoming an air cargo hub for online retailer Amazon. CONTRIBUTED/AMAZON

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The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport is becoming an air cargo hub for online retailer Amazon. CONTRIBUTED/AMAZON

Amazon Air has launched cargo service to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

The daily cargo flights began this week.

Amazon Air launched flights with its first branded plane in 2016, adding capacity for one-day and two-day package delivery.

It leased jets from cargo carriers including Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings and now has more than 45 aircraft in its fleet with 20 air gateways. Atlas Air is already a cargo carrier at Hartsfield-Jackson.

FedEx announced in June that it decided not to renew a contract with Amazon for domestic express shipments by air.

Amazon plans to open an air hub in 2021 at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, a former Delta Air Lines hub.

While Amazon's air service launched as Prime Air, the company now calls it Amazon Air. Its planned drone delivery service is now called Prime Air.