Amazon expands capacity at Chicago Rockford International


Amazon Air is increasing its capacity at Chicago Rockford International (RFD) adding an extra 120,000 sq ft to the facility. Amazon will take over the lease of the facility which it has been working from over the past 18 months.

Currently 72,000 sq ft, the expansion is projected to cost approximately $11m and has a completion date set for July 2019. This follows from a separate expansion, costing $10m, which increased the number of aircraft parking spaces that Amazon has access to from three to eight. The extra capacity is needed for the e-commerce giant with flights now running seven times a day, a significant increase from the two flights it initially operated.

The RFD is just one of the 20 airports across the US that Amazon operates from. The facility will enable increased capacity and package sortation for shipments bound for their destination.

“We are excited to extend our Amazon Air operation at Chicago Rockford International Airport,” commented Sarah Rhoads, Director of Amazon Air. “We are expanding the operation in Rockford to ensure we have the capacity to continue to fulfil our promise to our customers.”

Source: Air Cargo News