Airport to break ground on new hangar facility Thursday

Staff Report

The Greater Rockford Airport Authority, along with U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, will break ground on the MRO hangar facility at noon Thursday, Oct. 16, at the Chicago Rockford International Airport, 6100 Cessna Drive, Rockford.

The 200,000 square-foot MRO facility is expected to operate 24 hours a day and will service next-generation, wide-body aircraft. This will allow for scheduled and unscheduled service, modification and overhaul and all other support services for military and commercial aircraft.

The Chicago Rockford International Airport is served by two airlines: Allegiant and Apple Vacations. The airport serves eight non-stop destinations including Cancun, Ft. Myers, Las Vegas, Orlando, Phoenix, Puerto Vallarta, Punta Cana and Tampa Bay. It was named the 2013 Primary Airport of the Year by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

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