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Gerald R. Ford International Airport expecting 150K travelers over next two weeks

Gerald R. Ford International Airport
City of Grand Rapids
City of Grand Rapids
Gerald R. Ford International Airport

Officials say the numbers are near pre-pandemic levels.

For many Friday marks the beginning of Spring Break, and in a sign that things may finally be returning to normal after two years of the pandemic, the Gerald R. Ford International Airport said its expecting 14,000 travelers coming through its doors Friday, and 16,000 Saturday.

Numbers, Chief Operating Officer Alex Peric says, that the airport hasn’t seen since before the government ordered shutdown two years ago.

“Were expecting 150,000 travelers between April 1st, and April 15th,” he said.

Peric says, that is 65 percent more travelers than last year's Spring Break. Which also means to expect the time it takes to park, get through security and to your gate also to return to pre-pandemic levels as well.

“We are strongly encouraging everyone to give arrive two hours prior to their flight,” Peric said. “That should give you plenty of time.”

Meanwhile, despite the cost of gasoline rising, the average cost of a round trip ticket--so far-- haven’t skyrocketed, however Airport officials say they expect prices to go up 10 percent over the next few months.

Airport officials are also reminding everyone that masks are still required to fly, and will have complimentary face coverings for anyone that needs one.

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