Fly Safe. Fly Ford.
We're committed to doing our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 & supporting our community.
We are Ready.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Gerald R. Ford International Airport works closely with health experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, local, state, and federal governments, along with airline partners to ensure the safety and well-being of our passengers, guests, and employees. While many businesses and organizations have closed their doors, Ford Airport remains open, a critical link to the health – and economic recovery – of our region.
As of June 1, 2020, all Michigan residents have been able to travel freely in, and beyond, our state. Our team continues to develop and implement new safety and sanitation protocols throughout our facility to ensure every step of your journey is safe — from arrival to departure, and everything in between.
We are ready when you are – and we can’t wait to see you again soon.
Although COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted in Michigan, CDC-approved face coverings are still required by the Transportation Security Administration. Guests ages 2 and older must wear a mask at all times while traveling through any American airport and for the duration of all flights. This order is currently in effect for all forms of public transportation until Jan. 18, 2022 — we'll keep you posted as updates come our way.
COMMITMENT TO SAFETY
At the Ford Airport, we believe traveling, whether for business or pleasure, is essential to our well-being. We prepare our facility with extra sanitation measures and protocols to help you get where you’re going safely and with peace of mind by:
WE NEED YOU ON BOARD
We need the help of all travelers and guests to ensure our safety measures and protocols are successful on top of everyday operations. Here’s what you can do:
ON-SITE COVID-19 TESTING
Thanks to our friends at TACKL Health, we offer rapid antigen and RT-PCR tests in our Economy Lot. The drive-up, no-appointment-needed site provides results in as little as 30 minutes daily. Current hours of operation are Sunday-Saturday 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Those wishing to be tested do not need to have COVID-19 symptoms or a doctor’s referral.
NOTE: TACKL Health does NOT make appointments or accept payments online. All payments MUST be made in person at the time the test is being administered.
CONCESSIONS & AMENITIES
Our concession partners are here to provide you with travel necessities, meals, snacks, and more. Many are offering personal protective items for purchase. Some concessions have limited hours. Please see the list below for current offerings and operational hours. At this time, airport lounges/clubs are closed.
The Great American Bagel
MI Tap Room
A Touch of Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids Magazine Travel Store
The Great American Bagel
Stop by for a quick bite or complete sandwich meal. The Great American Bagel offers a variety of classic and unique flavors.
Offering a wide variety of bagel flavors - including banana nut, jalapeño cheddar, and stuffed pepperoni tomazzo - to their full complement of bagel sandwiches, like tuna melt, roast beef, and California turkey, The Great American Bagel has something for everyone. Located on Concourses A & B, you may even decide to pick up something to take with you on your flight.
Hours of Operation: 5:30AM - 12:30PM
MI Tap Room
Check out the MI Tap Room for craft brews and cocktails, as well as tasty apps and meals, including breakfast.
Offering a great variety of local and national brand beers, as well as cocktails, wine, and spirits, MI Tap Room is conveniently located post-security on Concourse B. For a meal, you can choose from a menu of appetizers, delicious salads, soups, sandwiches, burgers, and more. If breakfast is more your style, try an omelet or a skillet to start your day. For a unique taste of Michigan, look for the MI Tap Signature dishes.
Hours of Operation: 9AM - 7PM
Visit our full service restaurant - for breakfast, lunch, or dinner - featuring Founder’s beer. Or stop by the “Grab ‘n Go” Window for a sandwich to-go.
Prospect Hill is a full-service restaurant located in the post-security Marketplace that offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner choices that are sure to tide you over or fill you up. A great brewhouse featuring Founder's beer, where you can get a taste of some of the best local craft beer.
No time to sit and enjoy a meal? No problem! Prospect Hill also has a "Grab 'n Go" window where you can order sandwiches and salads to take with you on your flight.
Hours of Operation: 11:30AM - 7PM
A Touch of Grand Rapids
Michigan-made gifts, treats, and more from local and regional artisans are the perfect gifts for your loved ones (or yourself!).
Find Michigan-made items, such as leather goods and jewelry, from local and regional artisans, salsas and preserves made with Michigan grown cherries and blueberries, Mosby's popcorn, and many more! You can also choose from a variety of souvenirs that highlight life in Michigan and Grand Rapids, such as Hello from Grand Rapids postcards, Life is Better at the Lake items, and items from local attractions, like the Grand Rapids Art Museum.
Hours of Operation: Tuesday/Wednesday/Sunday 10AM - 6PM
Grand Rapids Magazine Travel Store
Travel essentials including books, magazines, apparel, and snacks available both pre- and post-security.
Stop by Destination Michigan in the Grand Hall, on the pre-security side of the terminal, or at one of our Grand Rapids Magazine Travel Stores, located on each concourse, for any of your travel needs.
Select from a wide variety of reading materials, wearables, snacks, travel gear, and more. They carry a great selection of electronics items, like portable chargers, headphones, and earbuds to make your flight more comfortable and stress-free. Made in Michigan items, souvenirs, and more are available for purchase. You can even purchase a new carry-on bag to take it all with you.
All your tech needs, including a new iPad or iPhone, available at our 24-hour Best Buy kiosks.
Conveniently purchase a variety of tech essentials, including:
- Memory Cards
- Fire TV Sticks
- And more!
All ready to use right out of the box. There is a Best Buy kiosk located on Concourse A & B.
Reopening Soon! Grab your favorite Starbucks drink pre-flight for a quick pick-me-up.
The full Starbucks beverage menu is available, including espresso drinks, brewed coffees, Frappuccinos, and seasonal specialty drinks, along with an assortment of signature baked goods, breakfast sandwiches, ground and whole bean coffees, and souvenir merchandise. Located pre-security in the Grand Hall and in the post-security Marketplace.
Find vending machines throughout GFIA for a quick snack to take with you.
Food and beverage vending machines are located in the terminal main hall near the entrance to Concourse B, as well as on Concourses A and B. Cash and credit cards are accepted.
Find beauty essentials and favorites from Benefit Cosmetics at the Glam Up and Away! kiosk.
Benefit Cosmetics brings instant beauty solutions to travelers with the Glam Up and Away! automated retail kiosks. They are glam-packed with brow products, bestsellers, and minis -- and frequently 'freshen up' with the latest innovations and flyer-favorites. The Benefit Cosmetics kiosk is located in the post-security Marketplace.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
To better serve travelers and the West Michigan community, the Ford Airport has partnered with TACKL Health to host a new COVID-19 testing site in the Airport's Economy Lot.
The drive-up, no-appointment-needed site offers several test option including:
- Rapid Molecular PCR tests, which provide results in 30 minutes.
- Standard Molecular PCR tests, which provide results in 24-72 hours.
- Rapid antigen and antibody tests, which provide results in 15 minutes
The testing site is open from 4 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day.
Those wishing to be tested do not need to have COVID-19 symptoms or a doctor’s referral.
For more information, please visit Tackl Health's website or call 616.210.4077.
Yes; we echo the assurances from leading health officials who affirm that “healthy Americans can confidently travel in this country.” Of course, travelers in high-risk categories should consider rescheduling travel plans until after the outbreak has been contained. Additionally, all travelers should be aware of conditions in the region or country of their destination.
For more information, visit the CDC’s travel resources.
The Ford Airport is committed to the safety and well-being of travelers, guests, and employees. We have an internal team focused on monitoring and responding to the spread of coronavirus. We draw on a number of trusted healthcare sources for our information, including the CDC, our state health department and our county health department.
We have expanded sanitation and disinfecting protocols in place aligned with best practices when it comes to reducing the risk of transmission.
The CDC reports that because of how air circulates and is filtered on airplanes, most viruses and other germs do not spread easily. Although the risk of infection on an airplane is low, try to avoid contact with sick passengers and wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
For more information, visit the CDC’s resource on Exposure Risk During Travel
We ask that anyone with symptoms, a diagnosis of coming in contact with someone with symptoms, or a positive diagnosis, to please stay at home for the safety of our passengers, guests, and employees.
If you’ve recently had close contact with someone who has COVID-19, the CDC recommends quarantining for 14 days in your home and avoiding air travel.
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