Gerald R. Ford Int. Airport reports 'busiest month in history'

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - March 2017 proves to be the busiest month in airport history for Gerald R. Ford International. 

According to a news release, the March passenger numbers were up 11-percent year-over-year, resulting in the busiest first quarter ever and breaking an all-time monthly record from July 2016.

“To have a record-breaker like this is incredible,” said Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority President & CEO Jim Gill. “Not only does it go down as the busiest month in Gerald R. Ford International Airport history, but to do it by over 10 percent is just tremendous."

July 2016 was previously the busiest month in GFIA history with 238,237 total passengers. In March 2017, 256,880 total passengers traveled through GFIA -- breaking the previous record by 7.83 percent.

Related: Gerald R. Ford International Airport sees 'record-setting growth' in 2016

“As we continue to grow in traffic it is imperative that our facilities keep up with our passenger demand,” said Gill. “We will continue to do our part to improve our amenities, technology, customer service and infrastructure. We are excited to see what the future holds, and we only expect more growth in the years to come.”

The Gateway Transformation Project construction began in December 2015 and is slated to continue
through summer 2017. The project’s main feature is the consolidated passenger security
checkpoint which centralizes security screening to one main checkpoint in the Airport. 

Related: A look at the future of Gerald R. Ford International Airport

Construction also includes new flooring, lighting fixtures, restroom and nursing room, family restrooms, pre- and post-security business centers, and new retail and food and beverage spaces.

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