The Gerald R Ford International Airport (GFIA) in the US has released its 20-year ‘Master Plan’, which includes the provision of more covered parking options, carry out concourse renovations and additions, and open a Federal Inspection Station (FIS).
Once the GFIA Authority Board approves, the Master Plan will be submitted for review and approval to the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
GFIA president and CEO Jim Gill said: “As we continue to grow it is imperative that our facilities, grounds, airside accessibility, and every facet of our airport keep up with the demand from passenger traffic.
“Our planning and engineering team and consultants look and plan five, ten, and even 20 years out to predict what the needs of our facility will be. We look forward to continued growth in the coming years and we are excited about the plans for our future development.
“Our growth opportunities do not only include the terminal building and airfield but areas around our airport property where we can expand and continue to be an economic catalyst for West Michigan’s overall advancement.”
Key highlights of the 2018 GFIA Master Plan include airside renovations such as relocation of the Air Traffic Control Tower (ATCT) and airfield improvements including taxiway re-alignment.
The plan also focuses on landside improvements such as the expansion of terminal curbs, improvements to access roads, an increased cell phone lot, and mobile-app based rideshare lots.
Additionally, the terminal building improvements include the widening and expansion of concourse, the addition of a new Concourse C, expansion of baggage claim areas and the opening of a FIS to deal with commercial international travel.
The plan is in line with the FAA’s requirement of updating its plan periodically to reflect community growth, expansion of facilities, and modification in federal rules.