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In this Sept. 13, 2018, file photo Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO, speaks at The Economic Club of Washington's Milestone Celebration in Washington. Amazon broke ground on a new $1.5 billion airport development outside of Cincinnati on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, and Bezos called it a "big deal."

SALT LAKE CITY — Amazon has drones. It has a website. It’s known for delivery. And soon, should everything work out, Amazon will have its very own airport worth $1.5 billion.

Amazon broke ground on a new $1.5 billion airport development outside of Cincinnati on Tuesday.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos made a brief appearance at the event, lifting the first mound of dirt off the ground using a front loader, Business Insider reports.

"If you're wondering, that's fun," he said of using the machine.

Amazon signed a 50-year lease on more than 900 acres of property from the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, according to the Associated Press. The online retail company signed a deal for the property back in 2017, according to Reuters.

For comparison, the Amazon airport would be about the size for hubs that station top cargo airlines, according to the Associated Press.

Why it matters: Amazon plans to use the airport to have greater control over its shipping process, which would eliminate their need for companies like FedEx, UPS and USPS, according to Business Insider.

Context: The airport would especially help people once Amazon goes all in on Prime one-day shipping. Amazon has already started rolling out its one-day shipping to some Prime members, according to The Verge. In the past, Amazon has only offered one-day shipping to people who spent $35 or more. Now, it will be available for free for Prime customers.

And the airport will help those packages arrive on time.

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  • "This hub is going to let us get packages to customers faster. … We're going to move Prime from two-day (delivery) to one day, and this hub is a big part of that," Bezos said, according to WCPO-TV.

Gary Moore, the top elected official in Boone County's government, told Cincinnati.com that seeing Bezos break ground made him realize the project is real.

  • "When I got here and I heard his handlers were here and it was happening I just got goosebumps," Moore said.

The airport will likely create more than 2,000 jobs once it’s completed, Reuters reported.