In 2019, The Chicago Rockford International Airport (RFD) was named in the top 20 for busiest cargo airports in July, then named as the fastest-growing cargo airport in the world in September.

Now, RFD has something else to proud of: Record setting numbers for cargo and passengers at the airport in 2019.

The airport announced numbers increased in both areas, making it the largest year-to-date numbers in both areas.

In 2019, cargo numbers grew almost 11 percent over 2018 with more than 2.3 billion pounds of cargo traveling through the airport, compared to the 2.1 billion pounds in 2018 and 1.4 billion pounds in 2017.

RFD is expected to reach the Top 20 airports by cargo volume within the next two years. The airport is home to the second-largest UPS hub in North America and ABX Air, ATI and Atlas Air, which support daily flights from one of the world’s top consumer internet companies.

The airport also saw an increase in total passengers in 2019. Almost 250,000 travelers passed through its doors, the largest number ever recorded at RFD, according to the airport.

Without offering details at the moment, the airport says they expect to see an additional 1,000 jobs added throughout the course of this year.

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