ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- The Illinois Division of Aeronautics announces the Chicago Rockford International Airport (RFD) is the 2013 Primary Airport of the Year. This honor was formally presented to the airport at the annual Illinois Aviation Conference Luncheon held on today in Moline, Ill.
The selection of “Airport of the Year” is based on a number of criteria including cooperation and coordination with the Division of Aeronautics and Federal Aviation Administration, the facility’s safety record, aeronautical events and maintenance of the facility.
The accomplishments that contributed to this award include completing two phases of runway construction on Runway 1/19, Rockford AirFest 2012, working with the Illinois Jobs Now plan to secure a parking lot expansion and partnering with the City of Rockford and the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity on a 70 acre solar farm. In addition, RFD hosted numerous special events and was successful in maintaining a safe operating facility.
Dr. Susan Shea, Director of the Illinois Department of Transportation Division of Aeronautics said in a letter to RFD, “Congratulations for your efforts in making Chicago Rockford International Airport one of the most outstanding examples of aviation excellence in Illinois.”
“This award is really a team effort. The Board has given great direction and the staff has done a tremendous job of carrying out that vision,” said RFD Director Mike Dunn. “The Board has created an atmosphere that has allowed staff to think creatively and fostered fiscal responsibility that has given our taxpayers a confidence in the airport. Every year I see the progress and get excited for the future of RFD. There are big plans coming down the pike, and I expect that RFD will continue to be in the running for “Airport of the Year” on an annual basis.”