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Gerald R. Ford International Airport is on pace to set a passenger record in 2017.

The end of 2017’s second quarter is in the books, and the folks keeping track of passenger activity at Gerald R. Ford International airport are taking notice of a record setting year.

It began back in March with the single busiest month in airport history. Then, last month, it checked in as the busiest June on record with the number of passengers up nearly 5.6 percent year-over-year. And that helped to cap off the busiest second quarter and first half ever recorded at GFIA.

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As protests against President Trump’s immigration ban sprung up across America’s airports this weekend, a large crowd assembled at the Gerald R. Ford airport in Grand Rapids Sunday. 

Hundreds of people lined the streets at the entrance of the Gerald R. Ford airport in Grand Rapids to protest the immigration ban President Trump signed on Friday. Some cars honked their horns in support as they drove by the demonstation, which was organized by Michigan's Third Democratic Congressional District.

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The Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority has a new President and CEO. James “Jim” Gill is landing in West Michigan after years of on the Allegheny County Airport Authority in Pittsburgh.

WGVU’s spoke with Gill about challenges and opportunities at Ford International.

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Nonstop air service from Grand Rapids to Washington D.C. will soon resume after a four year hiatus. Four years ago both Delta and Frontier Airlines dropped nonstop service from the Gerald R. Ford International Airport to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. That meant West Michigan travelers had to drive a few hours to catch a flight to the nation’s capital elsewhere.

Monday, American Airlines announced it will restore service next year in early April.

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The Gerald R. Ford airport in Grand Rapids will receive more than $2.5 million in federal funds. 

The funding was announced jointly on Friday by U.S. senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters.

It’ll go toward runway rehabilitation at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids and comes from a Federal Aviation Administration program.

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Numbers are showing that July was the busiest passenger month in the history of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids.

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A recent survey just noted the Gerald R. Ford International Airport as the second highest rated small-hub airport in the country. 

This particular survey is done in real time, while passengers are actually at the airports, to gauge their  “in-the-moment-experience.”  WGVU spoke with those behind the survey and officials with the airport.

“For Gerald R. Ford, 91 percent of your passengers were satisfied, so 9 out of 10 passengers passing through that facility were satisfied. That is high for a lot of airports.”

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The Gerald R. Ford International Airport set a new record for passengers flying in and out of West Michigan.

The number of people departing and arriving at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in 2015 was more than 2.5 million. That travel volume shattered the old record by more than 215,000 passengers. A not-so-old record set in 2014.

GFIA tells us that’s an increase of 9.2 percent. It’s a reflection of growing air traffic at the Cascade Township airport where over the past three years 7.1 million travellers have been served.

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