Construction and Travel & Tourism

Airport board approves improvements worth $95M

The six-year plan covers interior and exterior projects.

October 31, 2014
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(As seen on WZZM TV 13) The Gerald R. Ford International Airport has approved $95 million in funding for improvement projects to take place between 2015 and 2020.

The GFIA board approved the 2015 amended capital budget at $36,273,585, the 2016 capital budget of $18,838,500, and the five-year capital plan for years 2016-2020 of $59,728,400.

The total investment tally for the six-year plan is $96,001,958, with project estimates calculated in 2015 dollars.

The funding will support the airport’s Capital Improvement Plan, which includes several projects: a consolidated checkpoint and marketplace; reconstruction of the terminal apron; a master plan update; reconstruction of the north and east parking lots; resurfacing a portion of the airfield Perimeter Road; and mid-term maintenance items associated with the public parking structure.

Airport officials said these capital improvements are necessary to provide a state-of-the-art facility for travelers.

“This investment in airport infrastructure clarifies our commitment to providing West Michigan travelers an airport gateway that not only accommodates increasing activity, but are also reflective of the West Michigan culture and community.” said Brian Ryks, GFIA executive director.

“We will continue to make improvements in our facility to make traveling comfortable, convenient, customer-friendly and cost-effective. Today’s approval from the airport board solidifies that commitment for our region’s travelers.”

The airport has undergone several improvement projects in the past two years, including retail and concession renovations, the expansion of Concourse B to accommodate the new Southwest Airlines service, and a redesign of its visitor information area to better accommodate travelers.

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