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Rockford airport named fastest growing airport in the world

ROCKFORD (WREX) — The Chicago-Rockford International Airport is recognized as the fastest growing airport in the world for 2018 for airports that handled more than 250,000 metric tons of air cargo.

Airports Council International (ACI) made the announcement Thursday morning in its World Traffic Report, revealing the top airports for passengers, cargo and aircraft movements, which highlighted the world’s fastest-growing airports for 2018.

ACI noted that RFD has positioned itself as an e-commerce freight hub for online retail giant Amazon and the airport’s traffic grew 56.6 percent in 2018.

In 2018, RFD saw more than 2.1 billion pounds of cargo moving through the airport. That number builds on the record-breaking 50 percent increase recorded in 2017, when nearly 1.4 billion pounds of cargo traveled through the airport.

“We’re honored by this recognition and continue to move forward with additional economic development opportunities to benefit our partners and the region we serve,” said Mike Dunn, RFD Executive Director. “These objective, third-party rankings continue to solidify our position to grow the initiatives for the leaders in the air cargo industry we work with while steadily employing more people in our community.”

In July, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released its 2018 all-cargo data which ranked RFD as the 19th largest cargo airport in the nation. According to the FAA, RFD was the only Illinois-based airport which grew its cargo operations. Nearby Chicago O’Hare Airport saw a decrease of cargo activity by more than 35 percent.

Breane Lyga

Breane Lyga is the content manager at 13 WREX. She joined the team in 2015 as the 5, 6 and 10PM news producer after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She was 13 WREX’s assignment editor from 2017 to 2018.

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