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Increased air freight for Rockford and Rickenbacker airports

  23.09.2016    

The first ABX Air B767 freighter flight landed at Rockford Airport September 9 from Ontario and left for Charlotte, North Carolina a couple hours later.
This follows the announcement made in late August by ABX, part of the Air Transport Services Group that it is providing 20 B767 freighters to Amazon, with a daily B767 domestic cargo service to Rockford International Airport (RFD) beginning September 8, London's freightweek reported.
At the time, the airport declined to say where the aircraft would be coming from or going to, and who the customer would be "other than the pick up and delivery catchment is 90-180 minutes from the airport and the service could grow to five flights a day by the end of the year.
ABX Air 1 Amazon operates four Illinois warehouse and fulfilment facilities within that catchment area. The company also has four similar centres in North and South Carolina two hours or less by truck from Charlotte.
"This is exciting news for our region as it will create jobs and continue to put RFD on the map for our exceptional cargo operations," commented RFD executive director Mike Dunn. ABX Air will be renting a 72,000 square foot warehouse (right) for an initial one-year period.
Pinnacle Logistics will provide Terminal and ramp handling for the airline: "It is my opinion that this airport is the best prepared airport in the Midwest and in the ideal location to grow international cargo business," declared CEO Tom Wheeling.
Meanwhile 450 miles further east at Rickenbacker International Airport, 10 miles from Columbus, Morrison Express has begun using a 90,000 square foot container freight station for its new LTL truck service.
"When it comes to freight, turnaround time is everything, and both our clients and airline partners rely on seamless and expedited processes. Rickenbacker is an optimal distribution location for many global brands," said vice president and general manager of the Americas for Morrison Express, Tony Medeiros.
According to Morrison, locating at Rickenbacker enables the company to deliver freight via LTL truck to 70 per cent of the US and Canadian population within two days. Cathay Pacific, Emirates and Cargolux operate all-cargo flights into Rickenbacker several times a week.



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