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Ford airport books best-ever month

April 14, 2017
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A business traveler uses the Wi-Fi network at Ford airport while waiting for a flight. Courtesy Ford airport

Through the first quarter of 2017, Gerald R. Ford International Airport is on track to shatter its annual passengers number, with March being the busiest month in airport history.

Passenger numbers through March were up 11.17 percent from last year, with 256,880 total passengers passing through the airport, surpassing the July 2016 number by 7.83 percent.

“To have a record-breaker like this is incredible,” said Jim Gill, president and CEO, Ford airport. “Not only does it go down as the busiest month in Gerald R. Ford International Airport history, but to do it by over 10 percent is just tremendous.”

Ford airport has posted record-breaking numbers for each month this year, resulting in the airport’s busiest first quarter in history. Its mark of 685,278 passengers is nearly 9 percent higher than its first-quarter mark from last year, then its busiest in history. The airport has set new annual highs each year since 2013.

“We hope our continued growth prompts more non-stop service and more options for those travelers who keep supporting us to achieve these record-breaking stats,” Gill said.

Ford airport has recently added new destinations to its portfolio, like non-stop trips to Washington D.C.’s Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, which began earlier this month.

Construction on the airport’s Gateway Transformation project, which includes consolidating the passenger security checkpoint, is slated to be completed this summer.

“As we continue to grow in traffic, it is imperative that our facilities keep up with our passenger demand,” Gill said. “We will continue to do our part to improve our amenities, technology, customer service and infrastructure. We are excited to see what the future holds, and we only expect more growth in the years to come.”

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