$8 million approved for third air cargo facility
ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – Chicago Rockford International Airport bolsters its air cargo reputation Thursday with a new facility.
As international cargo takes off across the country, the Greater Rockford Airport Authority Board of Commissioners approves $8 million in funding for a third building on Thursday. A ground handling company getting its start in Illinois will lease the space.
“This is another job opportunity that will allow us to continue to develop and market the airport and stay at the forefront of our customers and their needs,” said the Deputy Director of Operations and RFD Air Services, Zack Oakley.
A new ground handling company in the state will lease space on Cessna Drive, increasing the amount of cargo space to nearly 240,000 square feet. It’s something that Board Chairman Paul Cicero said the City of Rockford will reap the benefits of.
“It’s important for the economic development of the community. We need to grow and create jobs in Rockford,” Cicero says.
Executives attribute some of this growth to the amount of space they have for planes to be efficient without sitting for long periods of time.
“Having that ability to move the business forward and grow it and help the Rockford area. It’s just outstanding,” says Oakley.
“The expansion is not yet complete. And there is a lot of demand. The low. And I don’t think it’s going to go away and I don’t think it’s going to diminish. So we can’t wait to be there,” Cicero says.
Executives plan to build later this summer with the facility operating between January and February 2023.
Leaders say the site of the future facility on Cessna Drive is symbolic as it is the former home of the Pride aircraft.
Copyright 2022 WIFR. All rights reserved.