DHL is investing US$108 million to expand its Americas hub facility at the Cincinnati/ Northern Kentucky airport (CVG) to meet the demands of continued growth in international ecommerce and global trade. The expansion will provide more gates to accommodate additional aircraft, warehouse space and new equipment to provide more capacity for sorting shipments as well as unloading and reloading aircraft.
Stephen Fenwick, CEO, DHL Express Americas, said: “This multi-million dollar investment underscores the DHL commitment to the US market and the integral role that our hub here plays in connecting the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky region to our vast global network. The expansion and service enhancements from this investment will provide additional infrastructure and efficiency. This in turn will support the continued growth in international shipments that we’re seeing as well as add to the economic well-being of this region.”
The CVG hub, one of three DHL global hubs, connects the US to the DHL global network spanning Asia, Europe and the Americas. Processing approximately 46 million international shipments annually, the CVG hub handles shipments bound for the US, Canada, Mexico and Latin America. It also connects nearly 100 service centres, gateways in Los Angeles and New York, and a hub in Miami to more than 220 countries and territories around the world. DHL’s two other global hubs are in Leipzig, Germany and Hong Kong.
With this new investment, DHL will have invested US$280 million in the CVG hub since establishing its US international operations centre at the Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky airport in 2009. Staffing has also grown, from 1,600 in late 2009 to approximately 2,000 currently.
DHL has invested significantly in its global express network in recent years, in order to reinforce its leading position in international time definite delivery. In the last 18 months, the company has announced major investments, including US$200 million to double its European hub in Leipzig, US$85 million in a new South East Asia Hub in Singapore, and US$177 million expansion programme in the Middle East and North Africa. DHL is also modernising its air fleet, introducing more efficient freighter aircraft with increased capacity to bolster connectivity for its global customer base.