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Ford airport reports best-ever June

July 20, 2018
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The visitor information area at Ford airport is designed by Steelcase and near the baggage claim. Photo via fb.com

June was another record-breaking month for Gerald R. Ford International Airport.

Last month was the busiest June in the airport’s history, with 282,863 passengers — the first June the airport has served more than a quarter-million passengers.

June 2017 saw 240,761 passengers. At a 17.5-percent increase, last month saw the second-largest increase ever for the month of June.

“Summer in West Michigan is in full swing, and we are noticing it at the Ford Airport,” said Jim Gill, president and CEO, Ford airport. “Not only are we seeing record-breaking passenger numbers, but we are seeing new faces and new travelers who maybe haven’t flown in a while or in the past had chosen to fly out of larger airports."

At the end of the first half of 2018, the airport is more than halfway to the three-million passenger mark, having served a total of 1,593,356 passengers.

Each month of 2018 has resulted in record-breaking passenger numbers. Overall, 2018 passenger totals are up 15 percent from 2017.

The airport saw 2.8-million passengers in 2017, the fifth straight year of record growth. 

“Our airline partners continue to invest here and are adding more service through the summer with more routes and larger aircraft to accommodate our growing passenger traffic,” Gill said. “We expect the record numbers and trends to continue in the busy summer months as West Michiganders visit the world and as the world visits our beautiful West Michigan region.”

This summer is expected to be the busiest summer in the history of U.S. air travel, according to the trade group Airlines for America, noting historically low fares and a strong economy.

The group estimates more than 246-million passengers will fly in the U.S. between June 1 and Aug. 31.

Because of the increases both nationally and at Ford airport, those traveling are advised to arrive at the airport at least 90-120 minutes before their flights.

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