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Ford airport books record year

January 21, 2015
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Gerald R. Ford International Airport is served by six passenger airlines with 120 daily non-stop flights to and from 26 major market destinations. Courtesy Ford airport

The Gerald R. Ford International Airport set an all-time record for passenger traffic last year.

Ford airport said yesterday that 2014 was a “banner year” for passengers, with 2,335,105 travelers passing through its concourses.

The numbers

The airport’s previous record for passenger traffic was 2,275,332, set in 2011.

In 2013, the airport recorded 2,237,979 enplaned and deplaned passengers. The record-breaking traffic last year is a 4.34-percent increase.

Ford airport also said that it set monthly passenger-traffic records in seven months in 2014: March, April, May, June, September, October and December.

In total, more than 65 million people have flown through Ford airport in its 51-year history.

New flights

“Our record-breaking year is a reflection of the thriving West Michigan economy and expanded air service at the Ford International Airport,” said Brian Ryks, executive director of the airport.

Several airlines added flights at the airport last year, which was the first full year of service for Southwest Airlines in the Grand Rapids market.

The US Airways-American Airlines merger added non-stop service from Grand Rapids to Charlotte and Philadelphia last September.

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

“Our community continues to support our airport and its growth,” Ryks said. “We’re excited to see airlines invest and expand opportunities in our market, and we’re confident that even more growth will follow in the coming years.” 

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