Eastern Iowa Airport to Build $10.2 Million Cargo Facility Where UPS will Sort, Distribute Packages - AviationPros A new 40,000-square-foot cargo facility at Eastern Iowa Airport soon will become a package sorting and distribution hub for United Parcel Service. About 75 people, including Cedar Rapids leaders and representatives from area businesses, gathered at a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday morning as airport and UPS officials unveiled plans for the $10.2 million building, adjacent to the airport’s new cargo apron. The airport will build the cargo facility — the first new building under its ongoing expansion project — with UPS expected to begin operations there around spring 2021, relocating from its current apron space. Airport Director Marty Lenss said the new facility marks a “significant play” for the airport in completing a project included for years in its master plan. The facility will position the airport to meet growing air cargo needs, stemming from increasing e-commerce and next-day delivery service for the area, for the next 50 years, he said.