CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) – Gerald R. Ford International Airport says it served more than two million passengers in 2013 — the second-largest number in its 50-year history.
Total passenger numbers were up by 4.83% to 2,237,979 in 2013, according to a release from the airport. This was just short of the record set in 2011 with 2,275,332 passengers.
December 2013 saw a 14.57% passenger increase to 184,906. In December 2012, that figure was 162,816.
“Our passenger increase says a lot about the thriving West Michigan market,” airport Executive Director Brian Ryks said in a statement. “Our community continues to grow and with that growth, aviation trends upward. We can’t thank West Michigan enough for supporting its local airport and our local economy.”
The increase of passengers can also be credited to the addition of Southwest Airlines in August 2013, as well as new routes offered on United Airlines, the airport says.
“We hope to see 2014 numbers set all-time records,” Ryks continued in the statement.