Cargo pilots praised Amazon’s Tuesday cargo hub groundbreaking at Cincinnati’s airport while also expressing concern.
Pilots, who have stated previously they are prepared to strike in an April 10 Enquirer article, continue to express worries about working conditions at airlines servicing the online retail giant, in a news release.
Amazon is scheduled to open a 3-million-square-foot cargo hub building in 2021 at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. The hub is expected to create 2,000 jobs.
The union for pilots flying for Atlas Air, Southern Air and ABX Air launched a Pilots Deserve Better protest website Tuesday to coincide with Amazon’s invitation-only groundbreaking.
A mobile billboard with a plea for the carriers to improve working conditions will be driven around the airport Tuesday as well.
CVG is the largest hub for the three air carriers, according to the release.
“We are pleased to see the expansion of partnerships between our carriers and Amazon Air, yet we can’t help but worry that executives at Atlas Air and ATSG are severely overpromising services to stay in good graces with one of their most prized customers,” said Captain Robert Kirchner, Atlas Air pilot and executive council chairman for Atlas Air pilots of Teamsters Local 1224 in a news release.