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Ford International is the second 'fastest-growing airport' in US

August 21, 2018
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Airline passengers move through the security checkpoint at Gerald R. Ford International Airport. Courtesy Ford airport

After the busiest July ever, Gerald R. Ford International Airport was named the “second fastest-growing airport” in the country.

The airport said yesterday it saw 291,304 passengers in July, a 16.7-percent increase from the previous year.

Airline Weekly recently forecast Ford airport as the nation's No. 2 fastest-growing airport, among the 100 busiest airports for the Q3 summer peak, according to Ford airport. The ranking is based on a projected 21-percent increase in year-over-year growth and based on data from Diio, an aviation data product.

July marks the seventh record-breaking month in a row for 2018. The airport has seen growth in 60 of the last 67 months.

“Our growth is a collaborative effort between our community, our airline partners, our tenants and continued economic progression,” said Jim Gill, president and CEO, Ford airport.

“We are not done, and we expect 2018 to not only be another record-setting year, but to continue that momentum into 2019.”

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Gerald R. Ford International Airport is the second-busiest airport in Michigan, having served more than 2.8-million passengers in 2017 — more than 7,000 travelers each day.

The airport has served more than 75-million passengers in its 54-year history.

Ford airport offers non-stop service to 26 major market destinations with more than 120 daily non-stop flights.

It generates over $3.1 billion and employs more than 2,000 people.

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