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Rockford Airport adds new route
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Published: 10/28/2008 3:28 PM

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A north-central Illinois airport says it's adding a new route to woo more travelers.

Chicago Rockford International Airport says the flights to the Fort Myers, Florida, area will begin Dec. 22. South Carolina-based Direct Air will fly the route Mondays and Fridays.

Rockford aspires to become an alternative for travelers now using airports in Chicago.

But it's struggled amid industry hardships.

Officials say fewer than 3,200 passengers flew in and out of Rockford last month. That's down more than 70 percent from September 2007. Year to year, passenger traffic is down around 2 percent.

Rockford gets most of its revenue from cargo traffic. Just one passenger airline now services Rockford, but it plans to host three by December.