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2019

Airport Authority Board Announces $90 Million Expansion of Concourse A

August 28, 2019: The Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority Board today announced Project Elevate, a three-development expansion of Ford Airport that begins with a $90 million extension of Concourse A to accommodate projected passenger growth over the next 20 years. Building construction is set to begin in spring 2020 on the addition to Concourse A, which will add eight gates and new amenities. Expansion of the terminal apron to support this state-of-the-art concourse is already underway, thanks to more than $14.4 million in federal and state commitments from the Federal Aviation Administration and the Michigan Department of Transportation. Read more.

Airport Authority Board Selects Experienced Executive as New GRR CEO

August 23, 2019: The Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority Board today announced that experienced airport executive Torrance Richardson, A.A.E, will lead Ford Airport as its new President and CEO. Richardson brings broad leadership expertise from multiple Midwest airports, most recently serving as executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Columbus Regional Airport Authority, which oversees three airports in Central Ohio. During his tenure in Columbus, passenger traffic grew 33% to more than 8.4 million passengers while freight increased 91% to more than 300 million pounds. Read more.

Gerald R. Ford International Airport Announces New Police Chief

August 12, 2019: The Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority (GFIA) announced today that William "Bill" Nowicki has been hired as its new Chief Airport Law Enforcement Officer. Nowicki, who comes to Gerald R. Ford International Airport after 27 years with the Grand Rapids Police Department, was officially sworn in on August 12, 2019. Read more.

June 2019 Marks Busiest Ever at Ford Airport

July 16, 2019: June passenger numbers topped nine percent, and the month goes down as the busiest June in history at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GFIA). Through June 2019, 1,770,050 passengers have traveled through the airport, and overall passenger traffic is up 11-percent from 2018 – the busiest year in GFIA history. Read more.

Allegiant Announces New Nonstop Service to Two New Cities with Fares As Low As $59*

June 18, 2019: Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) today announces service from Grand Rapids to two new cities: Jacksonville, Florida and New Orleans. To celebrate, the company is offering one-way fares on the new route as low as $59.* Read more.

Allegiant Begins Nonstop Flights from Grand Rapids to Nashville

June 6, 2019: Country music, a guitar-shaped cake, and plenty of cowboy hats helped kick off a celebration at the Ford Airport today. Allegiant Travel Company (NASDAQ: ALGT) began new nonstop routes from the Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GFIA) to Nashville International Airport (BNA). Guests were treated to music from Gunnar and the Grizzly Boys, and local officials, staff, and politicians joined in the celebratory event. Read more.

Ford Airport Crosses Million Mark with April Passenger Numbers

May 20, 2019: April passenger numbers are up 13-percent and total traffic at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GFIA) has soared to over a million passengers served this year. Read more.

GFIA Honored for Achievements in Snow & Ice Control

May 1, 2019: This winter season was unusually brutal with record low temperatures along with heavy snow and ice, and the Gerald R. Ford International Airport is being recognized for outstanding efforts in battling the elements. Read more.

March 2019 Marks Busiest Month in Ford Airport History

April 16, 2019: The Spring Break travel season was a popular one at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GFIA) as March passenger numbers helped record the busiest month in Airport history. March numbers increase 14.42-percent compared to March 2018, and GFIA is up 10-percent overall this year. Read more.

February Temps Fall, Ford Airport Passenger Numbers Rise

March 18, 2019: Despite record cold temperatures and winter storms, February was another record-breaking month for the Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GFIA). February 2019 marked the busiest February in GFIA history, beating out February 2018 for that record. The Ford Airport has seen passenger increases in 67 of the last 74 months, and 17 straight. Read more.

Ford Airport Passenger Numbers Continue to Climb

February 19, 2019: Looking to build on last year's record 3.26 million passengers, the Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GFIA) started 2019 off right where 2018 left off. Despite the Polar Vortex at the end of January, the airport still finished the month with a record number of passengers. Read more.

Ford Airport Marks Sixth Straight Year of Record Growth

January 18, 2019: The Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GFIA) set an all-time passenger record for 2018, marking the sixth straight year that the Airport has seen record-setting growth. In 2018, 3,263,234 passengers flew in and out of GFIA, an increase of 16-percent from 2017. The record-setting year was capped in December with an increase of 17-percent year-over-year. With 273,673 total passengers, it marked the busiest December ever. Read more.

Allegiant Announces Aircraft Base in Grand Rapids, New Jobs and Future Growth Opportunities

January 15, 2019: State and local officials joined executives from Allegiant Travel Company (NASDAQ: ALGT) today as the company announced plans to establish a two-aircraft base at Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Allegiant's growth plans in the state include creating at least 66 new, high-wage jobs. Read more.

2018

American Airlines Launches Nonstop Service From Grand Rapids to Phoenix-Sky Harbor and Miami International

December 19, 2018: American Airlines continues to grow at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GFIA) as new service to Phoenix-Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) and Miami International Airport (MIA) began today with a celebratory welcome and press conference. Read more.

Three Millionth Passenger Surprised at Ford Airport

December 5, 2018: Sue Diehl had no idea when she stepped off her flight at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GFIA) that she would be walking into cheers, applause, gifts, and surprises as the Ford Airport’s three millionth passenger. Read more.

Ford Airport Welcomes First Frontier Flight from Phoenix-Sky Harbor

November 16, 2018: Frontier Airlines passengers left 76-degree temperature as the first inbound Phoenix flight landed in Grand Rapids today to a cool 31-degrees. Frontier began operating new nonstop flights today from Grand Rapids (GRR) to Phoenix-Sky Harbor International (PHX). Read more.

Ford Airport on Pace as America's Second Fastest Growing Airport

August 20, 2018: After serving more than a quarter-million passengers in the month of July, the Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GFIA) is continuing its pace as the second fastest growing airport in the country. Read more.

GFIA Master Plan Includes More Covered Parking, Concourse Expansions, and More

June 27, 2018: The Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GFIA)'s Master Plan includes more covered parking options, concourse renovations and additions, and a Federal Inspection Station (FIS). Read more.

With 15-Percent Rise in April, Gerald R. Ford International Airport Passes One-Million Passenger Mark Earlier Than Ever

May 16, 2018: The Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GFIA) has reached the one-million passenger mark earlier than ever in its 54-year history. Passenger numbers for April were up 15-percent year-over-year, as GFIA’s total passenger numbers through April 2018 reached 1,049,212. Read more.

Gerald R. Ford International Airport Records Busiest Month Ever With 16.2 Percent Growth

April 16, 2018: March 2018 was the single busiest month in Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GFIA) history. March passenger numbers were up 16.2 percent year-over-year; resulting in the busiest March ever, the busiest first quarter ever, and breaking an all-time monthly record from March 2017. Read more.

2017

Gerald R. Ford International Airport Celebrates Gateway Transformation Project Phase One Completion

September 27, 2017: Construction on the first phase of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport’s (GFIA) Gateway Transformation Project started in December 2015, and concluded in September 2017 with a ribbon-cutting celebration with sponsors, tenants, airport staff, and dignitaries. Read more.

Frontier Airlines Returning to Grand Rapids

July 18, 2017: Frontier Airlines is returning to Grand Rapids (GRR), the airline announced today. Frontier, headquartered in Denver, will be serving the Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GFIA) with four weekly nonstop flights to Orlando International Airport (MCO) on an Airbus A320 family aircraft, along with service to Denver International Airport (DEN). Read more.

Gerald R. Ford International Airport Senior VP & COO Announces Retirement

Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GFIA) Senior Vice President & COO Phil Johnson has announced his retirement after more than 20 years at the Airport. Read more.

2016

Gerald R. Ford International Airport Records Busiest Month in Airport History

August 23, 2016: July 2016 was the single busiest month in Gerald R. Ford International Airport history. July passenger numbers were up 1.69% year-over-year; resulting in the busiest July ever, and breaking an all-time monthly record from July 2015. In July 2016, 238,237 total passengers traveled through the air. Read more.

Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority is ready to fly

July 1, 2016: The Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority (GFIAA) is officially operating. The Authority transition was approved by the Federal Aviation Administration with support from Kent County Commissioners and government officials. Read more.

Gerald R. Ford International Airport Ranked #1 Airport in North America

February 29, 2016: The Gerald R. Ford International Airport provides first-class travel experiences and excellent customer services and amentities, and those efforts have been recognized by the Airports Council International (ACI) as the best in North America. Read more.