Chicago Rockford and Cologne Bonn team up on cargo

By Damian Brett

Chicago Rockford

Chicago Rockford (RFD) and Cologne Bonn (CGN) airports are teaming up to attract cargo and work on new e-commerce handling systems.

The two airports said the “unique” knowledge sharing partnership would help manage the increasing e-commerce demand.

Joint goals include attracting additional cargo airlines, alleviate on-ground challenges and help speed up the transport of products to their final destinations.

“Additionally, both RFD and CGN agree to support current cargo customers by evaluating processes and procedures. It aims to make ground and cargo handling more efficient and shorten the delivery times for logistics companies,” they said in a press release.

Mike Dunn, executive director, Chicago Rockford International Airport, explained: “The pronounced similarities between our two airports provide a springboard for us to move forward proactively and efficiently to positively impact business, continued economic development and job growth in our regions.

“With our goals aligned, together we can enhance services and capabilities benefitting our cargo customers.”

Johan Vanneste, president and chief executive of CGN, added: “With the cooperation agreement between Chicago Rockford International Airport and Cologne Bonn Airport, we will establish a regular communication and exchange platform.

“The aforementioned exchange will not only include airport operations, aircraft handling and cargo handling, but also security, marketing and sales as well as air cargo and e-commerce market development.”

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