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Ford airport connects to Midwest hub

October 28, 2015
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An airline is connecting travelers at Gerald R. Ford International Airport to another Midwest airport.

Beginning April 12, Southwest Airlines will offer year-round non-stop service between Ford airport and Chicago’s Midway Airport.

Grand Rapids travelers cannot currently connect to Midway Airport via a direct flight, though American Airlines and United Airlines provide non-stop flights between Grand Rapids and Chicago-O’Hare Airport.

Southwest will offer three daily departing and three daily arriving flights between Grand Rapids and Midway.

The flights will be offered in the morning, afternoon and evening to accommodate travelers’ needs, said Michelle Agnew, communication and media relations representative, Southwest Airlines.

Agnew said the airline is excited to add the additional route and provide Grand Rapids with more options to get to their cross-country destinations.

MDW hub

Southwest’s GRR-MDW route provides passengers with access to 265 departures a day to 69 cities via the Southwest network, which reaches across the U.S. and Latin America, according to Tara Hernandez, marketing and communications manager, Ford airport.

Southwest GRR routes

Southwest currently offers non-stop service from Grand Rapids to six destinations: Baltimore/Washington, Denver, Orlando International Airport, St. Louis and Tampa International Airport.

The airline also offers non-stop seasonal service to Fort Meyers, Fla.

Rollout fare

To celebrate the new route, Southwest is offering one-way discounted fares of $49 between GRR and MDW for tickets purchased from Oct. 27-Nov. 2, for travel dates between April 12-May 25. 

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