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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.

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.