As a part of two-phase expansion of its airfreight facilities, Chicago based Rockford International Airport (RFD) has begun construction of a 90,000 sq ft cargo hub.
Located on the south side of the airport, the facility is expected to open in the summer of 2021 and will house Emery Air and Senator International, as well as other cargo operators, says a company release.
RFD is home to UPS’ second-largest North American air operation and to one of Amazon Air’s largest air operations.
Mike Dunn, Executive Director, RFD was quoted saying in the release, “RFD has been very successful with its UPS and Amazon operations. We have been working very hard over the last several years to bring in what we call heavy freighters from all over the world. Our recent agreement with senator international of Hamburg, Germany, as well as our success in attracting companies like Magma Aviation (London, UK), Air Atlanta (Iceland) and Longtail Aviation (Bermuda) has caused a need for this new, modern facility.”
“With the expansion, we now anticipate the arrival of more new cargo aircraft from around the world in addition to the UPS and Amazon operations,” he added.
Paul R Cicero, Chairman of the Greater Rockford Airport Authority Board of Commissioners said, “This ongoing expansion of the international cargo operations at RFD is something that our staff and board have been working on for a long time. We’re very excited to see this new activity.”