The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has officially approved the transfer of operating responsibilities of Gerald R Ford International Airport in Michigan from Kent County to Gerald R Ford International Airport Authority (GFIAA).
The Kent County Board of Commissioners had traditionally decided major policy matters at the airport for more than 60 years; however, a regional Airport Authority Board, which will be appointed by Kent County officials, will now handle all governance matters.
Roger Morgan, board chairman and Kent County commissioner, GFIAA, said, “This is a historical day for our region, our county and our airport. The transfer to an authority has been a goal of our board for several years, and to see the teamwork, the collaboration of organizations, and the FAA’s support has been truly remarkable. We had a smooth process along the way, and we are grateful to each and every person who assisted us in this transition.”
Jim Saalfeld, chair of the Kent County Board of Commissioners, said, “Kent County prides itself on making decisions that are best for the entire community. Gerald R Ford International Airport is a regional asset for all of West Michigan. In that regard, the county knows the best long-term move for the airport is to be operated by a regional authority that includes representation from outside of the county. This is another great example of collaboration by Kent County at many levels.”