Airline Passenger Service May be Coming to Rockford

By: Nichole Vrsansky
By: Nichole Vrsansky

The Executive Director of the Greater Rockford Airport says he's in talks with eight different airlines in an effort to bring passenger service back to Rockford.

Bob O'Brien, director of the Greater Rockford Airport, says passenger flights could begin taking off as early as the spring of next year. But that's only if certain criteria are met.

Cheaper tickets and a more convenient location, that's what O'Brien is promising if passenger service returns to the Greater Rockford Airport.

Those pushing for the passenger service say a big obstacle is that many people in the community think the task is impossible.

Another selling point is that Rockford's airport is actually five times the size of Chicago Midway and Midway carries fifteen million passengers a year.

But first, O'Brien says community involvement must take off.

Seven hundred businesses have responded to the travel surveys so far, but O'Brien says he'll need to see at least 2,000 by Dec. 31 if there's going to be any chance of bringing passenger service back to Rockford.

If you want to participate in the Greater Rockford Airport Travel Survey you can log on to rockfordairport.com and fill out a business or leisure survey.


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