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ROCKFORD, IL: July 02, 2018. The Chicago Rockford International Airport (RFD) has broken ground on its new 120,000-square-foot building expansion at the airport’s cargo centre and begun construction of a new US$3.5 million parking ramp for freighter aircraft.

RFD airportThe new ramp is in addition to the federally funded US$5.5 million expansion completed in late 2017. Both projects will be complete within the next 12 months.

“We are excited to celebrate the start of these important projects to support our continued growth in cargo,” said Mike Dunn, RFD executive director. “Our significant growth in cargo activity over the last two years has fueled the need for this ongoing and continued airport cargo facilities expansion and we expect to continue to see a need for these types of projects,” he added.

Nearly 1.4 billion pounds of cargo traveled through RFD in 2017, a 50 percent increase over the previous year. The airport continues to receive federal funds to support the expansion and said it expects this to continue with the availability of 1,000 acres of surrounding land.

"The improvement projects being carried out at the Chicago Rockford International Airport will not only allow the airport to keep up with growing demands for cargo operations, they are critical for Illinois' transportation infrastructure and the regional economy," declared Democratic U.S. Senator Dick Durbin.

RFD is Chicago’s low-cost airport for cargo and passenger services and is home to the second largest UPS hub in North America and ABX Air, ATI and Atlas Air.

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