Chicago Rockford International Airport is a non-hub primary commercial service facility. It is located 3.2 nautical miles (6 km; 4 mi) south of Rockford and 85 miles northwest of Chicago.
RFD Airport is owned and operated by Greater Rockford Airport Authority. It covers an area of 2,900 acres (1,200 ha).
Airport Stats & Facts
- For 2017–2021, in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems, Chicago Rockford International Airport is categorized as a non-hub primary commercial service facility.
- Since 1994, RFD airport has had two facilities for UPS Airlines major hub and offers all year round service to five destinations.
Airport Traveling Tips
- The airport terminal is open based on departing and arriving flight schedules check-in travelling.
- Domestic passengers are recommended to arrive at the airport at least 120 minutes before the scheduled flight departure. While international passengers should arrive 180 minutes prior to their flight.
- Please take a look at the RFD Airport Map before visiting the airport for a flight.
Passenger Pickup and Drop-off
- Passengers can be dropped off directly in front of the terminal doors.
- However, Federal regulations do not allow vehicles to wait for long periods at the terminal curbs, the driver has to stay with the vehicle and drive off immediately after drop-off.
- For arriving flights: Arriving flight status provides Chicago Rockford International Airport arrival times, gate information, time to land, and delays.
- For departing flights: Departing flights status shows actual vs scheduled departure, map tracking, departure times, flight delays, and gate information.
- To get the best fares book a flight at RFD Airport here.
Chicago Rockford International Airport has a main terminal with 5 gates on one course.
For more information, please refer to the RFD Terminal Map here.
The various airlines served at Chicago Rockford International Airport include Allegiant and Frontier airlines.
View the full list of airlines served at RFD here.
The paid Parking lot is one of the most convenient parking options at RFD Airport. The parking lots are located directly in front of the Main Terminal Building and the International Arrival Terminal.
The first two hours are free.
$1 for each additional hour.
$7 are daily maximum
Another comfortable option to park at Chicago Rockford International Airport is the valet parking and can pay with cash or credit card.
$10 per day
For ground transportation, passengers have a variety of options to choose from, after arriving at the airport. The various options include buses, car rentals, airport shuttles, etc. Many passengers also opt for ride services such as Uber, Lyft, and Taxis.
The rental car agencies can be booked for pick up and reservation at Chicago Rockford International Airport. Avis, Alamo, National, are some of the well-known providers for rental cars.
Taxis at RFD Airport will be available on call to make arrangements for the trip.
Buses & Trains
The Rockford Mass Transit District has hourly service to and from RFD, six days a week. The bus stop is located directly in front of the terminal, at the east end of the service drive. Passengers have to take the South Main Bus #7 to the RMTD Transfer Center on West State Street. Then switch to the East State Bus #11 and get off at the Greyhound or Clock Tower stop.
Amenities & Services
To help you have an amazing stay, Chicago Rockford International Airport provides visitors with different amenities and services including:
- Restaurants, cafes, and bars.
- Stores, gift shops, airport pet lodge and local souvenir shops.
- Free Wi-Fi internet throughout the airport.
- Curbside baggage assistance, wheelchair and stroller friendly.
Address: 60 Airport Circle, Rockford, IL 61109, USA
Phone: (815) 969 4000 /fax 4001
Chicago Rockford Airport: A Brief History Timeline
- At the end of 1923, the Army closed Camp Grant as an active facility, transferring it to the Illinois National Guard. In 1941, the facility was reactivated by the Army.
- Following the end of the war, the facility served as a separation centre. In 1946, Camp Grant was shut down for the second (and final) time.
- After World War II Illinois adopted the Airport Authority Act; the Greater Rockford Airport Authority was created in 1946
- In 1954, construction commenced on the airport and terminal.
- The airport demolished the final remaining Camp Grant buildings on the airport property in 1974.
- In 2003, the airport restored passenger service; instead of offering regional service to Chicago or elsewhere in the Midwest, the airport presented itself as an alternative for leisure-based travellers, offering low-cost flights to Florida.
- The first airline flights were on Mid-Continent Airlines in 1950. Successor Braniff pulled out in 1955, leaving Ozark, which had arrived in 1951.
- The airlines at Rockford often use their low fares as a selling point. Allegiant Air began service between Rockford and Las Vegas in November 2005 and between Rockford and St. Petersburg-Clearwater in September 2006.