Gerald R. Ford International shows second best passenger year ever
Caroline MacGregor January 30, 2014 | WGVU In 2013, more
than two million people flew through the Gerald R. Ford International Airport.
That’s accounts for the second best year in the airport’s history. Total
passenger numbers are up nearly five percent (4.83%) for the same year, falling
just short of a record set back in 2011.
Marketing & Communications Manager, Tara Hernandez, who says in its
50 year history, more than 63 million people have flown in and out of Gerald R
Ford International Airport.
Executive Director Brian Ryks attributes the passenger increase to a thriving
West Michigan market saying with growth comes an automatic upward trend in aviation.
says the addition of Southwest Airlines last August as well as a new route on
United Airlines added to the passenger increase.
“Chicago and Detroit”
doing well with its Denver (DIA) and St. Louis (STL) markets with connections
to the West Coast. United’s new route to Washington-Dulles (DUL) is hugely
popular and the airports expects 2014 passenger numbers to set all-time
says the airport’s new amenities also help keep them competitive.
the number of passengers flying through the Gerald R Ford International Airport
was also up by more than 14 percent compared to the same time last year.
of passengers flying in and out of Muskegon County Airport in 2013, meanwhile, was
the highest since 2008. That year, the airport offered two air carriers. United is the now the airport's only operator. Airport Manager Marty Piette hopes commissioners will view the numbers as evidence of the airports growth.
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