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Ford airport reports record February

March 23, 2018
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A business traveler uses the Wi-Fi network at Ford airport while waiting for a flight. Courtesy Ford airport

Gerald R. Ford International Airport beat another attendance record.

This past February was the busiest February in the airport’s history. 

The airport reported 251,680 total passengers in February, up 16.31 percent from February 2017.

Combined with a January that saw 13-percent growth, the airport is now up 14.76 percent for 2018.

“That’s a pretty great feat considering February is the shortest month of the year!” said Jim Gill, president and CEO, Ford airport. “We are seeing our 2017 record-breaking year trends continue into 2018, and we are still early in the year. We are about to head into our busy spring break season, and we foresee breaking more records in our first quarter and into the summer.”

The airport had growth in 11 of 12 months in 2017, and with January and February 2018, it has now had 55 months of growth over a 62-month period.

“Our tremendous milestones are results of our local passengers continuing to utilize our facilities and all of our airline partners and airport tenants who have invested in more routes and larger aircraft,” Gill said. “We will continue to grow, continue to see our airline partners invest in Grand Rapids and continue to see a healthy, stimulated competitive market, as long as we all work together as we have for the last several years.”

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