Greater Rockford Airport Authority

Chase Cavanaugh

2020 was the year Chicago Rockford International Airport saw the single largest amount of cargo pass through. 

Last year, 2.7 billion pounds of cargo transported to and travel through the facility. This is compared to 2.3 billion in 2019. Deputy Director of Operations and Planning Zach Oakley said it’s a sign of local economic growth.

Chase Cavanaugh

2020 was the year Chicago Rockford International Airport saw the single largest amount of cargo pass through. 

Last year, 2.7 billion pounds of cargo transported to and travel through the facility. This is compared to 2.3 billion in 2019. Deputy Director of Operations and Planning Zach Oakley said it’s a sign of local economic growth.

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When you think of passenger air travel in northern Illinois, O'Hare often comes to mind. But Rockford's facility, officially known as Chicago Rockford International Airport, is making a greater name for itself, particularly in the realm of cargo.

In 1994, officials with United Parcel Service, better known as UPS, made a deal with airport authorities to set up a sorting hub. Since then, it's become the company's second largest air operation in the world.

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Chicago Rockford International Airport secured $8.3 million in federal grants Thursday. 

The announcement came yesterday from U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos and U.S. Sens. Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin. The Rockford Register Star reports the grants will go toward two main projects.

Rockford Area Economic Development Council

One year ago, the Greater Rockford Airport Authority began construction on a 200,000-square-foot hangar facility.  At more than ten stories tall, it's capable of holding an Airbus A380 and Boeing 747-8, the largest commercial airliners ever built.