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Ford airport reports best-ever January

February 20, 2019
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Despite the polar vortex, last month was the busiest January ever for Gerald R. Ford International Airport.

The airport served 257,194 passengers last month, a 7-increase from January 2018.

“The continued growth of the Ford airport is a testament to the growth of West Michigan,” said Brian Picardat, interim president and CEO, Ford airport. “The decision to fly through Grand Rapids also has a huge impact in attracting additional air service to meet increased passenger demand.”

Ford airport is preparing for more routes this year, with three new non-stop destinations by Allegiant Airlines: Sarasota-Bradenton, beginning in April; and Nashville and Savannah-Hilton Head, beginning in June.

As passenger numbers continue to grow, airport officials encourage travelers to arrive at least two hours before their flights.

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