Gerald R. Ford International Airport

After a four year hiatus, Frontier Airlines has officially returned to the West Michigan market. A Frontier Airlines flight originating in Orlando, Florida landed at Gerald R. Ford International Airport Wednesday. It is one of four weekly nonstop flights to Orlando International Airport.

Next week Frontier will add three weekly nonstop flights to Fort Meyers, Florida. In early April the airline will extend four weekly nonstop departures to Denver.

In an early observance of Veterans Day, Spartan Nash and the Gerald R. Ford International Airport officially cut the ribbon Thursday on the airport’s new Military Welcome Center. The new, multi-million dollar private space is located in the airport’s pre-security area, and is a 24-hour lounge for active military, veterans and their families to relax when traveling.

Airport President and CEO Jim Gill says the Military Welcome Center is the least that the airport could do for the country’s veterans.

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President Gerald R. Ford is being honored at the airport bearing his name with an exhibition room celebrating the nation’s 38th President. WGVU was on hand for the ribbon cutting and dedication.

In 1999 the Kent County International Airport was renamed the Gerald R. Ford International Airport.

The security checkpoint at The Gerald R. Ford International Airport got a serious facelift Wednesday, as airport officials and community leaders gathered to celebrate the checkpoint's grand opening. The upgrade in the airport's terminal is part of a larger $45 million overhaul the airport is currently undergoing called the Gateway Transformation Project. 

The new security checkpoint includes new flooring, restrooms and retail and restaurants.

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Millions of dollars in security improvements have been awarded to the Gerald R. Ford International Airport. Gerald R. Ford International Airport will receive more than $3.8 million dedicated to security improvements.

The money is a portion of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program. The program receives $3 billion annually. The money is shared among the nation’s 3,300 eligible airports used for upgrading safety, security, capacity, and efficiency measures.

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.

California Closets

California Closets is expanding its manufacturing footprint serving the Eastern United States by investing in a new West Michigan facility. That means more manufacturing jobs are coming to the area.

Two years ago, California Closets opened a manufacturing facility in Phoenix, Arizona to help satisfy the demand for its closet design and storage products in the Western United States.

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.

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.