International express shipping provider DHL has completed a $22 million expansion of its Americas hub at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport that included widening the existing parking apron to allow for nine more wide-body aircraft and nine new aircraft gates.
The project is the second phase of a two-year, $40-million investment to enhance DHL operations at CVG. In October 2010, DHL announced a $12.5 million project to upgrade existing hardware and software applications running its auto sort system, improving the speed and reliability of shipment scanning and sorting as volumes grow at the Cincinnati hub.
At the November ribbon-cutting ceremony for the most recent expansion, DHL officials said more expansion is already planned.
“In the new year, we will announce further infrastructure development at the CVG hub that will continue to expand our operational capabilities to handle growing customer shipment volumes, as well as bring more jobs to the area and more aircraft to the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport,” said Travis Cobb, vice president of Americas hubs, network control and gateways for DHL.
DHL currently employs more than 2,000 staffers at its CVG hub, which acts as a gateway for shipments to and from international locations and handles 92 percent of all DHL customer shipments delivered in the United States. DHL operates 78 flights per day to and from the CVG hub, connecting shipments to points across the United States and around the globe.