GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- A group of business leaders formed to lower the price of air travel in West Michigan will disband soon. Its leader says it's accomplished its goal.
Dick DeVos formed the Regional Air Alliance of West Michigan in 2008. Since then he said low cost air carriers have come in to the region, helping to facilitate average annual fare savings of over $70 million since 2010.
"Frankly today, as you look at the cost of gas, cost of time, cost of parking etc., there really isn't on average a compelling argument to drive to Chicago or to Detroit to get lower cost air fare," DeVos said Monday.
DeVos said filled passenger seats, or "enplanements," in September were 40% higher than in September 2008, when the Alliance was formed.