Grand Rapids airport opens new security checkpoint, part of $45M project
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Many passengers traveling through Gerald R. Ford International Airport this week will walk through the newest piece of an ongoing $45 million renovation project. Beginning at 4:30 a.m. Sunday, June 11, passengers departing from gates in the Grand Rapids airport’s Concourse B will be sent through a new security screening checkpoint.
Later this month, that new checkpoint will become the consolidated security checkpoint for passengers headed to both Concourses A and B. That final transition for security screenings is scheduled for June 25. Passengers using Concourse B include those flying with American Airlines, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines. Concourse A serves passengers flying with Delta Air Lines and Allegiant Air.
The new consolidated security checkpoint is one piece of the Gateway Transformation Project. The $45 million project, which began in December 2015, also includes updates to the terminal’s Grand Hall and the installation of a new retail and concessions marketplace.
When completed, the project will bring new terrazzo flooring, lighting fixtures, new restrooms and nursing rooms, family restrooms, pre- and post-security business centers, new retail and food and beverage space and more. Renovations are split into two phases, the first of which is scheduled for completion in late August 2017. Different portions of the first phase will be unveiled throughout the summer, according to a press release from the airport. The second phase will include improvements to airline ticketing, baggage screening and baggage claim areas.
Some of the construction impacts passenger operations. Updates, maps and photos can be found on the construction section of the airport’s website. The Gerald R. Ford International Airport is Michigan’s second busiest, serving more than 2.5 million passengers in 2015 and more than 7,000 on a daily basis. The airport recently unveiled a renovation of its popular viewing park, located at 4820 Kraft Avenue SE in Grand Rapids.
The $1.1 million project expanded parking spaces and added picnic tables, restrooms, a drinking fountain, a pavilion and other amenities at the park, which airport staff estimate is visited by about 350 vehicles each day.
The airport, operated through the relatively new Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority, offers nonstop service to 24 destinations and logs more than 120 daily nonstop flights.
A new route from Grand Rapids to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Washington D.C. was announced in December 2016, and the first flight on the new route was welcomed to Grand Rapids in April.
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