The Chicago Rockford International Airport (RFD) released its annual cargo statistics for 2017. RFD saw a 50 percent year-over-year increase in landed cargo weight and confirmed its largest year in cargo to date. Nearly 1.4 billion pounds of cargo traveled through RFD.
Cargo Year-To-Date Statistics
January – December 2017 – 1,381,654,780 lbs. or 626,714,496 Kilos
January – December 2016 – 922,690,000 lbs. or 418,529,438 Kilos
The increases in cargo numbers are a result of UPS, ABX and ATI increasing their day-to-day and seasonal operations through RFD this year. Nearly 2,300 new jobs were created to support these enhanced operations – one of the largest job growth and economic impact figures the Rockford region has seen in years. With so many open positions to fill, the airport hosted a job fair in January to support its tenants’ hiring needs.