Rockford Airport looks at 4 new destinations by 2024

Passenger traffic at Chicago Rockford International Airport increased 18% in 2022 from a year earlier and is nearing pre-pandemic levels, airport officials said.

About 242,000 people flew in or out of RFD last year, according to Zack Oakley, assistant operations manager at Chicago Rockford International Airport.

“The region definitely has a strong need for travel, and the destinations that we have outside of Rockford are working very well,” Oakley said. “Pretty much anything that comes out of Rockford has no problem making people want to fly.”

According to Oakley, RFD’s 2022 passenger traffic numbers were about 3% below pre-pandemic numbers from 2019, which included popular Apple Vacation flights to Cancun, the Dominican Republic, and Costa Rica.