About the information which is available about the Chicago Rockford International Airport is that it is located in Illinois, Winnebago County, four miles, 6 km, south of Rockford, and 85 miles northwest of Chicago. This airport's codes are IATA: RFD, ICAO: KFRD, FAA LID: RFD. In Northern Illinois, this airport is the third-busiest one after Chicago O'Hare and Chicago Midway. This airport served one hundred two thousand passengers in 2016.
According to statistics, this airport was the 29th busiest cargo airport in the United States according to their performance of 2016, nearly 923 million pounds of cargo was transferred there. For UPS airlines, this airport had been a significant hub since 1994, and they have two facilities at this airport. This airport provides year-round direct service to five places, and they also have some seasonal destinations. This airport is categorized as a non-hub primary commercial service facility for 2017-2021 in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems created by the Federal Aviation Administration. This airport was home for Rockford AirFest from 1986 to 1994, as well as from 2005 to 2015.
However, this airport is the sixth busiest airport from 12 commercial airports, which are in Illinois.
The Capacity and Business Activity of the Airport
As for the territory which is owned by this airport, it is 2,900 acres, 1,200 ha. A passenger can find there two runways, and both are equipped with an ILS: 7/25 is 10,0002 x 150 ft (3,049 x 46 m), and 1/19 is 8,200 x 150 ft (2,499 x 46 m). According to statistics, this airport operated 39,462 aircraft. The average number of these aircraft was 108 per day. As for the percentages: 3% was an air taxi, 4% military, 31% airline, and 61% general aviation.
This airport is located in a foreign-trade zone. Due to the length of runway 7/25, as it is 3,000 m long, many types of large aircraft can land at Chicago Rockford International airport. As for the most significant plane which landed, there was the Antonov An-124 Ruslan. This airport is home for three cargo ramps. The largest one has parking spaces for more than 40 jet aircraft.
History and Present-day Operations
This airport has a long history; in 1917, Camp Grant was established there by the U.S. Army, which was one of the most extensive military training facilities in the United States. However, this army was closed as an active facility in 1923. They transferred this to the Illinois National Guard. In 1946 this camp was closed permanently. After World War II, This airport had the Airport Authority Act, and, in 1946, they created the Greater Rockford Airport Authority. One thousand five hundred acres of the Camp Grant was given to this airport, and in 1954 construction of the airport and terminal started.
Nowadays, this airport serves as an alternative to Chicago Midway Airport, as well as O'Hare International Airport, in Milwaukee, it can help instead of Mitchell International Airport, in Madison Dane County Regional Airport. The airlines use lower fares as a selling point in this airport. In November 2005, Allegiant Air began service there.