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January 31st 2024 | Written By Press Release | Share

Ford International Airport Sets New Passenger Record in 2023

Ford International Airport Sets New Passenger Record in 2023

Commemorates Milestone with Community Celebration on January 31st

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., January 31, 2024 – The Gerald R. Ford International Airport announced today that it surpassed previous passenger traffic records in 2023.

In 2023, the Airport served a total of 3,794,915 passengers—a 6% increase from its record-breaking figures in 2019. Notably, October 2023 marked the single busiest month in Airport history with 349,987 passengers.

“We are truly grateful to the West Michigan community for their support in helping us achieve this remarkable milestone,” said Tory Richardson, president and CEO of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority. “The Ford International Airport has experienced tremendous growth, thanks to the dedication of our team and partners in continuously providing world-class service to our guests.”

To celebrate this achievement, the Airport hosted various festivities throughout the terminal today, including live music, free swag, a visit from the West Michigan Therapy Dogs and more.

Ranked as one of the fastest-growing airports in the U.S. by the Federal Aviation Administration, the Ford International Airport is currently undergoing a $600 million capital expansion program known as ELEVATE. This initiative, which represents the largest of its kind for an airport of its size in the country, includes six projects aimed at supporting passenger growth and the overall economic health of the region.

As part of the ELEVATE program, the Airport plans to complete Phase 2 of the Concourse A expansion project this year, which focused on renovating the pre-existing concourse to match the new addition that opened in 2023. Additionally, the Airport will break ground on its Terminal Enhancement Project, extending baggage claim and ticketing spaces while adding a checked baggage inspection system.

For more information about Ford International Airport’s plans for continued growth, visit

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About the Gerald R. Ford International Airport

The Gerald R. Ford International Airport is the second busiest airport in Michigan, serving business and leisure travelers with nonstop and connecting flights on six airlines. The Ford International Airport is managed and operated by the Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority. For more information, visit or follow the airport on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram @FlyGRFord.

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