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Displaying items tagged: Gerald R Ford International Airport

Friday, 16 December 2022 13:51

GR airport poised for ‘new growth territory’ after pandemic disruptions

After withstanding a historic crash in passenger travel activity at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, a mild recession would hardly phase the air travel industry. That’s the view of Tory Richardson, the president and CEO of Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids.

Published in Economic Development
Thursday, 15 December 2022 20:39

GR airport to complete $110M concourse expansion next year

CASCADE TWP. — Gerald R. Ford International Airport officials expect to complete a $110 million concourse expansion in June 2023, followed by renovation work on the existing concourse that’s set to finish in early 2024.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 09 October 2022 19:33

People in the News: Oct. 10, 2022

People in the News: A roundup of new hires, promotions and awards in West Michigan.

Published in Talent

Wednesday, 18 May 2022 20:10

Companies reveal new air travel technology, devices at GR airport

CASCADE TWP. — The first cohort of companies to receive grants through an air travel technology development program have revealed the fruits of their labor, including a self-driving wheelchair, an advanced flying security camera and a complete 3D model of Gerald R. Ford International Airport. 

Published in Manufacturing
Tuesday, 19 April 2022 12:11

Masks now optional for travelers, employees at Gerald R. Ford International Airport

Masks are now optional for passengers and visitors at Gerald R. Ford International Airport following a federal court ruling and announcement that the Transportation Security Administration will no longer require mask use.  

Published in Economic Development
Wednesday, 29 September 2021 16:02

Whitmer signs budget with childcare, talent development priorities; millions in one-time spending for Kent Co.

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed a state budget for the new fiscal year that includes hundreds of millions of dollars for childcare and talent development, as well as more than $23 million in one-time spending for various Kent County developments.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 01 August 2021 17:27

Passenger travel rebounds as West Mich. airports eye capital projects

Airport officials in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Muskegon have yet to see passenger travel fully rebound to 2019 levels, but they remain optimistic about the gradual return of business travel and their ability to support capital investments.

Published in Economic Development
Wednesday, 30 June 2021 12:55

Grand Rapids airport breaks ground on new $7.7M operations center

GRAND RAPIDS — The Gerald R. Ford International Airport broke ground today on a $7.7 million operations center meant to serve as a “lifeline” by streamlining day-to-day operations and providing support in emergencies. 

Sunday, 27 September 2020 18:50

GR airport traffic rebounds, though business travel and stimulus concerns loom

GRAND RAPIDS — Passenger travel has steadily rebounded since the depths of the pandemic slowdown, but Grand Rapids airport officials are concerned about the uncertainty over future business travel as well as a looming CARES Act deadline that could cause tens of thousands of layoffs at airlines.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 27 September 2020 18:05

‘No path back to normal:’ Hotel industry on edge as summer tourism boost wanes

Occupancy rates are slowly inching back up, but regional tourism leaders say it will take years for hotels to make up for lost profits caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wednesday, 16 September 2020 11:20

Grand Rapids airport eyes direct international flights with latest expansion

GRAND RAPIDS — Gerald R. Ford International Airport officials have announced a new expansion project meant to eventually support nonstop international commercial flights.

Published in Economic Development
Tuesday, 18 August 2020 14:21

More Grand Rapids airport layoffs as air travel slowly rebounds

GRAND RAPIDS — A food vendor at Gerald R. Ford International Airport has notified state officials that 84 temporary furloughs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic may become permanent layoffs by Oct. 15.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 02 August 2020 10:08

MiBiz Growth Report: August 2, 2020

MiBiz growth report for August 2, 2020.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 16 August 2020 15:29

GR company broadens food processing sanitization to help stop COVID-19 spread

A Grand Rapids-based startup is applying sanitization techniques long used in the food processing industry to a broader range of facilities in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 in workplaces.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Wednesday, 12 August 2020 17:06

Grand Rapids airport testing new UV products to disinfect surfaces

GRAND RAPIDS — Gerald R. Ford International Airport is trying out a new robot and other tools that disinfect using ultraviolet (UV) technology in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Published in Economic Development

Monday, 06 July 2020 05:30

GR airport exec: ‘The worst part is behind us’

CASCADE TOWNSHIP — Officials at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport have launched a new campaign to ensure travelers’ safety as activity begins to rebound from the coronavirus pandemic.

Published in Economic Development
Tuesday, 30 June 2020 12:28

Ohio developer buys Knoll manufacturing plant, plans renovations

KENTWOOD — A Cleveland-based developer with properties elsewhere in Michigan has made its first entry into the greater Grand Rapids market with the purchase of an industrial complex from office furniture maker Knoll Inc. 

Tuesday, 26 May 2020 12:21

State-backed mobility pilot programs to test three new technologies in West Michigan

Three mobility programs with a reach into West Michigan received $230,000 in state grant funding intended to address public health concerns brought on by the coronavirus. 

Published in Manufacturing

Wednesday, 29 April 2020 17:05

Delta seeks to suspend flights to three Michigan airports

Delta Air Lines is seeking federal permission to suspend flights to airports in Lansing, Flint and Kalamazoo as air travel demand has nearly vanished during the coronavirus pandemic.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 26 April 2020 18:20

The new normal: As public officials and businesses plan to reopen, the future will look much different

The world around us — as we knew it in Michigan before March 10 — is going to look much different for the next 12 to 18 months.

Published in Economic Development
Saturday, 18 January 2020 13:20

Growth Report: January 18, 2020

This is the growth report for January 18, 2020.

Published in Economic Development

Tuesday, 14 January 2020 09:48

Allegiant adds 3 direct flights from Grand Rapids airport 

GRAND RAPIDS — Allegiant Travel Co., a low-cost Las Vegas-based airline, plans to start direct service from Gerald R. Ford International Airport to Los Angeles, Boston and Austin, Texas.

Published in Economic Development
Friday, 21 June 2019 11:39

MiBiz Growth Report: June 24, 2019

Here is the growth report for June 24, 2019.

Published in Finance
Sunday, 14 April 2019 20:05

Muskegon County Airport sees increase in travelers with new flights

MUSKEGON — A new travel-friendly schedule at Muskegon County Airport continues to attract new business and leisure travelers, leading to higher overall passenger numbers. Recent spring break travel filled up many flights, and airport officials are even more optimistic as the region gears up for summer travel season.

Published in Economic Development

Tuesday, 15 January 2019 13:36

Allegiant Air announces $42.8 million base at Grand Rapids airport

Allegiant Travel Co. is expanding its footprint at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport with the opening of a $42.8 million base.

Published in Economic Development
Friday, 30 November 2018 09:47

Ford Airport CEO resigns

After nearly two years on the job, the top executive at the Gerald R. Ford Airport has stepped down.

Published in Economic Development
Tuesday, 13 November 2018 10:56

Ford Airport adds nonstop service to Sarasota via Allegiant

GRAND RAPIDS — The Gerald R. Ford International Airport said today it was adding its 27th direct flight with a new route to Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport from Allegiant Air.

Published in Economic Development

Friday, 07 September 2018 13:47

Ford Airport adds nonstop flight to Phoenix

Travelers in West Michigan will have another nonstop flight option starting next year. 

Published in Breaking News
Monday, 16 July 2018 16:03

Ford Airport adds nonstop flights to Miami

American Airlines Inc. will begin offering daily nonstop flights to Miami from the Gerald R. Ford International Airport later this year.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 12 November 2017 15:50

Westbound direct flights necessary for greater corporate attraction in West Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS –– West Michigan leaders believe they made a compelling case for the region to serve as the home to online retail giant Amazon.com Inc.’s second headquarters.


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