Activity Down At Airport Last Year
GRAND RAPIDS — Both passenger and cargo activity were down at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GFIA) in 2001 from the previous year. But freight shipments at the airport were up slightly last year from 2000.
Passenger travel declined after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11. Still, more than 1.8 million air travelers used GFIA last year, meaning that passenger activity was down only 4 percent from the good flying year of 2000.
The recession, along with changes in how airmail is handled at the airport, brought the overall cargo numbers down by nearly 12 percent from last year. The biggest culprit for the lower cargo activity was a 42 percent fall in airmail last year from 2000. Freight shipments rose by 2 percent over the year.
The following chart compares the number of airline passengers and pounds of airmail and freight activity at the airport for the past two years. The cargo total is a sum of the mail and freight totals.
Activity 2000 2001 % Change
Outgoing Passengers 968,000 921.694 -4.81%
Incoming Passengers 936,971 907,560 -3.14%
Passenger Totals 1,905,236 1,829,254 -3.99%
Outgoing Mail 10,011,361 5,966,025 -40.41%
Incoming Mail 13,602,298 7,624,423 -43.95%
Mail Totals 23,613,659 13,590,448 -42.45%
Outgoing Freight 24,063,943 24,233,655 +0.71%
Incoming Freight 27,063,601 28,062,640 +3.69%
Freight Totals 51,127,544 52,296,295 +2.29%
Cargo Totals 74,741,203 65,886,743 -11.85%
Source: Gerald R. Ford International Airport, January 2002