GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Operators of the Grand Rapids airport say passenger traffic has fallen over the past year.
Gerald R. Ford International Airport reports that it had 2.13 passengers in 2012, down 6 percent from 2.27 million in 2011. The airport had 2.18 million passengers in 2010.
Airport executive Phil Johnson tells Mlive.com (http://bit.ly/118qYc8 ) says the decline was expected and reflects a nationwide trend brought about by airline mergers and service cuts.
Ford Airport lost several connections last year, including a Frontier Airlines flight to Milwaukee and a direct flight to Reagan International in Washington.
United Airlines announced in December it would begin flying twice daily between Grand Rapids and Washington's Dulles International Airport on May 1.
Ford Airport: http://www.grr.org/index.php