Chicago Rockford International Airport thinks global in 3-year plan

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    http://www.rrstar.com/top_stories/x...ional-Airport-thinks-global-in-strategic-plan

    More passengers. More cargo. And more jobs.

    That’s the meat of the plan Greater Rockford Airport Authority Board commissioners are expected to adopt this spring that will guide Chicago Rockford International Airport over the next three years.

    Chairman Brian Boyer said five of seven commissioners on the airport board have served less than a year and the strategic plan they’ve developed over the past five months is a set of common goals for the airport to pursue.

    “We wanted to get everyone going in a general direction,” Boyer said, “to clarify for staff where we wanted to go.”

    The plan sets specific performance targets:

    For passengers: Add seven destinations, double traffic to 330,000 passengers and rank in the top 200 U.S. airports in air traffic (in 2009 it ranked 224).

    For cargo: Add three new cargo airlines, increase landed cargo weight to 116 million pounds and rank in the top 20 cargo airports in the country (in 2009, it ranked 21st.

    For jobs: Create a business plan to bring aircraft maintenance and repair operations to the airport.

    And while the plan has yet to be adopted, there have already been developments in the direction commissioners want to go.
     
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    RFD sends regular promotional e-mails- if you sign up for the list, you'll get regular offers for discounted flights, event, including the airfest this summer. At the http://flyrfd.com/ site, look for the "miles ahead" link on the left side, and you get a $25 flight coupon for signing up.

    It's a nice airport- free parking, free wifi, and no nude-o-scopes.

    Downside- they have had trouble attracting and keeping major airlines. NWA flew out of there for a brief period 5 years ago, UA was there for a while, but I think it's only LCC's and vacation charter lines now.
     
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    RFD is 21st in Air Cargo?? Who knew!
     
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    Impressive, and it makes sense- low cost location but very accessible to rail and truck transport, near enough to Chicago, which is the traditional ground transportation hub of the country. Land, warehouse, and wage costs are quite low by Chicago metro area standards.

    Now if they'd only get a major alliance airline to stick there for pax traffic...
     
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