Rockford Register Star: RFD to celebrate cargo boom
ROCKFORD — U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, Reps. Cheri Bustos and Adam Kinzinger, Gov. JB Pritzker and executives from United Parcel Service, Amazon and AAR Corp. will be among the dignitaries celebrating the completion of a cargo terminal expansion at Chicago Rockford International Airport on Monday.
The airport invested $12 million to expand the 72,000-square-foot cargo terminal to 200,000 square feet to accommodate Amazon, the e-commerce giant that has made RFD a gateway in its ever-expanding Prime Air logistics network. The city’s airport is home to the second-largest UPS hub in North America and serves other leaders in the air cargo industry including ABX Air, ATI and Atlas Air.
“When we started planning this it was just going to be a ribbon-cutting, but now it’s going to be a celebration of all the investments we’ve made at the airport,” Airport Director Mike Dunn said. “You can see it when you drive out here — the growth we’re seeing with cargo, all the jobs that we’re adding. The investments in this airport are paying off.”
The boom in cargo activity elevated RFD to the nation’s 19th busiest cargo airport in 2018, according to figures released by Federal Aviation Administration this summer. More than 2.1 billion pounds of cargo moved through the airport in 2018, a nearly 55% increase compared to 2017, when RFD was ranked the nation’s 22nd largest cargo airport.
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