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Amazon opens new Chicago Rockford Airport facility

Monday marked the ceremonial opening of a new 200,000-square-foot Amazon facility at Chicago Rockford Airport (RFD), the airport’s director of business development and cargo, Ken Ryan, told Air Cargo World.

News of the expansion at the Chicago airport came late last year when RFD confirmed Amazon would more than double its footprint there. Amazon Air had already operated at RFD for about a year at the time, but the e-commerce giant’s aviation footprint is likely to grow with the new facility, with subsequent increases in RFD flight frequencies expected.

Amazon has rapidly expanded its presence at its gateway and hub airports during 2019. In September, daily Amazon Air flights began operating at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport (ATL) and St. Louis Airport (STL). Its regional hub at Fort Worth Alliance Airport (AFW) is also set to open this month. Meanwhile, in the southeastern U.S., a $100 million investment in Lakeland Linder Airport (LAL) by the e-tail giant was approved in May.

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Caryn Livingston

Caryn Livingston is Editor of the monthly magazine Air Cargo World and Deputy Editor of the company’s monthly newsletter, Cargo Facts, and its weekly e-mail publication Cargo Facts Update. Prior to joining Cargo Facts in 2017, Caryn worked as a journalist in Houston covering the oil and gas industry. She holds a BA in English from the University of Tulsa and an MA in Literature from the University of Houston-Clear Lake.