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Ford airport books best-ever month

May 1, 2015
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Gerald R. Ford International Airport is served by five passenger airlines with 120 daily non-stop flights to and from 23 major market destinations. Courtesy Ford airport

Passenger rates are taking off at Gerald R. Ford International Airport, with the airport experiencing its busiest month in history in March.

Record month

The airport reported an 8-percent increase in passenger activity in March 2015 compared to March 2014.

March 2015 passenger totals were 231,138 versus 213,844 in 2014.

March 2015’s record breaks the airport’s previous record of July 2011, when the airport served 221,356 passengers.

Record quarter

Along with high monthly marks, the airport said it set a first-quarter traffic record with 600,336 passengers served since January 1, 2015. This beats a previous record of 546,505 passengers in a quarter, set in 2005.

“Our record-breaking numbers are a direct reflection of airline investments in West Michigan, the renewed commitment of area business and leisure travelers to use the Ford as their primary airport, along with our hard-working staff to ensure the best customer service experience at our airport,” said Brian Ryks, executive director, Ford airport.

Ryks said he expects more growth in the coming months.

Airline activity

Last year marked the first full year of service for Southwest Airlines in the Grand Rapids market.

In addition, the US Airways-American Airlines merger added non-stop service from Grand Rapids to Charlotte and Philadelphia in September.

And Delta added a fourth daily non-stop flight to Atlanta in October. 

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