New Airlines Heading to Rockford?

Excitement is growing at the Greater Rockford Airport. Three separate airlines have expressed interest in coming to RFD through verbal or written offers. Now, according to airport director Bob O'Brien, just one thing stands in the way.

"Are we prepared to sign an agreement to share in the financial risk in their initiating service?" asks O'Brien.

Such an agreement would leave the airport on the hook for up to $2 Million ONLY if an airline suffered losses from its flights to and from Rockford, but if needed, where would that money come from?

O'Brien says it could be anyone, including Winnebago County, the City of Rockford, the Airport, even the Council of 100. The point is anybody can sign it, but whoever signs it needs to know they have friends.

Once an agreement is signed, the announcement of new service could come within 10 days. Nothing's official, but among the leading candidates to land in Rockford is Northwest Airlines, which could offer daily nonstop service to Midwest Hub Detroit, with connections to 750 destinations in 120 countries and six continents!

Low cost carrier Frontier Airlines is also said to be interested. Frontier Airlines would likely fly to Denver, with connections to San Francisco, Seattle, and Phoenix highlighting the list of 40+ destinations. Add Hooter's Airlines to the mix, and there's little wonder why there's so much excitement at RFD.


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