Amazon Air is set to expand its gateway operation at Chicago Rockford International Airport in the US, in a bid to boost its presence in the central region.

The cargo airline is Amazon’s freight delivery service, formerly known as Amazon Prime Air. It is based in Hebron, Kentucky, near Cincinnati, Ohio.

Amazon Air director Sarah Rhoads told media sources: “We are excited to extend our Amazon Air operation at Chicago Rockford International Airport.

“We are expanding the operation in Rockford to ensure we have the capacity to continue to fulfil our promise to our customers.”

Chicago Rockford International Airport executive director Mike Dunn told 13 News that Amazon has been operating out of a 72,000ft² building at the airport.

“We are expanding the operation in Rockford to ensure we have the capacity to continue to fulfil our promise to our customers.”

As part of the expansion, the company will add an additional 120,000ft² with an investment of approximately $11m.

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The company can currently park up to eight aircraft. Its plans will see the development of a ramp parking area for more aircraft.

Amazon Air currently operates out of more than 20 airports across the US. The expansion will help increase capacity and package sorting capabilities at the airport.

Primary hub of Amazon Air is at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara said: “We are thrilled to see this expansion. This says a lot about the investments we have made as a community coupled with the great leadership from the director and board to ensure that our airport continues to be a driving economic force for our community and region.”

The expansion is expected to complete next year.