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Ford airport reports best-ever month

April 17, 2018
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Last month was the busiest month in the history of Gerald R. Ford International Airport.

Ford airport saw 298,487 total passengers in March. March 2017 was previously the busiest month in the airport’s history, with 256,880 total passengers.

The high numbers also resulted in the busiest first quarter ever.

“We continue to sound like a broken record, but what an amazing feat for our airport and our community to not only have a record month, but the best in Ford airport history,” said Jim Gill, president and CEO, Ford airport.

“We saw first-hand the traffic in our parking garage and passengers going through our security checkpoints leaving for spring break, but we are pleasantly surprised to see a record-breaking month like this.”

Through March, Ford airport has served 790,106 passengers so far in 2018.

“Our airline partners continue to invest here, adding more service, more routes and larger aircraft to accommodate our growing passenger traffic,” Gill said. “We hope our continued growth prompts even more service to give our West Michigan community more options and competitive pricing when they fly from the Ford airport.”

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