RFD Ranked 13th Largest Cargo Airport in the Nation


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Audrey Moon


Chicago Rockford International Airport Now Ranked  13th Largest Cargo Airport in the Nation

Surpasses Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) ranking

ROCKFORD, Ill. (June 20, 2023)
– The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released the preliminary results of its 2022 All-Cargo Data for U.S. Airports, ranking Chicago Rockford International Airport (RFD) as the 13th largest cargo airport in the United States for landed weight and surpassing Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta (ATL) airport. This marks the fourth consecutive year for RFD to see an increase in its rankings.

Rank RO ADO ST Locid Airport Name City Svc Lvl Hub 2022 Landed
Weight (lbs.)
2021 Landed
Weight (lbs.)
% Change
10 EA NYC NY JFK John F Kennedy International New York P L 4,456,997,828 5,020,677,738 -11.23%
11 SW TEX TX DFW Dallas-Fort Worth International Fort Worth P L 4,266,864,656 3,914,555,658 9.00%
12 WP SFO CA OAK Metro Oakland International Oakland P M 3,726,916,410 3,901,370,785 -4.47%
13 GL CHI IL RFD Chicago/Rockford International Rockford P N 3,424,546,813 3,410,070,576 0.42%
14 SO ATL GA ATL Hartsfield – Jackson Atlanta International Atlanta P L 3,356,099,476 3,650,738,103 -8.07%
15 EA HAR PA PHL Philadelphia International Philadelphia P L 3,251,579,720 3,248,882,680 0.08%

In 2021, RFD was ranked No. 14; No. 17 in 2020; and No.19 in 2019.

According to the FAA data, RFD had more than 3.4 billion pounds of landed weight in 2022, which represents a 25 percent increase of just over 2.7 billion pounds in 2020. The amount of cargo traveling through RFD exceeds that of much larger airports including Honolulu, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Newark, Seattle, and others.

“RFD continues to grow and set new records for cargo because of our location, innovation, and strategic growth. We’re thankful for our amazing team and the support from the Rockford region, as well as for the relationships we’ve formed with our state and Federal elected officials, and the FAA,” said Mike Dunn, Executive Director of RFD. “RFD helps connect the world’s supply chains, and we look forward to continuing to identify and meet the needs of air cargo operators from around the globe.”

The airport’s ongoing cargo expansion has allowed it to become a Midwest hub for e-commerce and international freight. It is home to the second-largest UPS hub in North America, a major base of operations for Amazon Air, and serves multiple international airlines and freight forwarders including DB Schenker, DSV, Senator International, ABX Air, ATI, National Airlines, Air Atlanta Icelandic, Amerijet, and Atlas Air.

And in July, Menzies Aviation, the world’s largest aviation services provider, will be fully operational at RFD.

“With Emery Air already on site, and Menzies coming on board, we’re able to offer robust solutions to air cargo operators, helping them not only with the services they need once on the ground, but also with addressing their sustainability goals,” Dunn said.

RFD continues to offer one of the best air cargo solutions in North America for companies to meet their customers’ demands for speed and efficiency.

For more information about RFD cargo, visit RFDCargo.com.

About Chicago Rockford International Airport

The Chicago Rockford International Airport (RFD) is home to a continually growing air cargo industry and is ranked as the 13th largest airport in the United States for air cargo with more than 3.4 billion pounds of landed weight in 2022. The airport is home to the second-largest UPS hub in North America and a major base of operations for Amazon Air.

The Airport campus also encompasses an aviation maintenance repair facility (AAR) as well as other aircraft maintenance operations capable of servicing next-generation aircraft, as well as an aviation education maintenance program (Rock Valley College) that is turning out a highly trained and skilled workforce. With Emery Air already on airport grounds, in 2023, Menzies Aviation, the world’s largest aviation services provider, expanded operations to RFD as well. More than 15 international airlines service RFD as a freighter network serving destinations to and from countries from around the world, as well as from international tier one freight forwarders such as DB Schenker and Maersk-SENATOR International.

Currently, RFD and its tenants are home to more than 8,000 jobs and contribute millions of dollars annually in real estate taxes. Visit www.flyrfd.com.