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Amazon Prime at RFDROCKFORD, IL. February 21, 2018. The Chicago Rockford International Airport (RFD) has reported a 50 percent increase in landed cargo in 2017 to reach a record of nearly 627,000 tons.

The airport says the result is due to expanded operations by UPS, ABX and ATI over the year that also resulted in close to 2,300 new jobs.

"We are thrilled with the cargo results for 2017 and anticipate continued growth in cargo numbers for 2018," said Mike Dunn, RFD executive director. "Enhanced cargo operations have been instrumental in creating jobs and other economic opportunities. RFD board and administrative leadership are committed to continuing to attract and support businesses that ensure job growth in the region."

The airport also benefited from US$10.5 million in federal last year of which half has been allocated to expand the cargo apron to support three more 767-300 or two 747-8 freighters.

RFD says it expects to become a top 20 U.S. airport by cargo volume in the next two years. The airport is home to the second largest UPS hub in North America while ABX Air, ATI, and Atlas Air operate flights on behalf of Amazon's Prime Air operation. RFD is also served by two low-cost passenger airlines, Allegiant Air and Swift Air.

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