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Ford airport reports best-ever June

July 14, 2017
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For the sixth time this year, Gerald R. Ford International Airport has posted another monthly passenger record.

The Grand Rapids airport saw an uptick of 5.59 percent year-over-year passenger numbers in June, which also wrapped up the busiest second quarter in its history by more than 30,000 passengers. Through June, GFIA had served 1,385,730 passengers, a 6.6 percent increase from 2016, the busiest year in airport history.

“We are halfway through 2017 and already seeing incredible record-breaking statistics,” said GFIA President and CEO Jim Gill. “This is a testament to our region and our growing community, along with our airline partnerships. Not only does this June go down in airport history, but 2017 now holds the title for busiest first half ever, beating out 2016 by over 86,000 passengers.”

According to the airport, GFIA has seen 10 straight months of record growth.

Gill said the recent completion of the first phase of GFIA’s Gateway Transformation Project is expected to have an “exciting” effect on the airport’s passenger numbers for the second half of 2017.

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

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