Ford airport begins $18M second phase of ‘transformation project’


Courtesy Gerald R. Ford International Airport

Gerald R. Ford International Airport has started an $18-million renovation project.

Ford airport said yesterday construction for the second phase of its Gateway Transformation Project is underway and will continue through summer 2020.

Construction improvements are focused on the airline ticket counters, baggage service offices, baggage claim, curbside and front-of-house areas.

The main features will include relocating TSA screening equipment from the airline queuing areas, upgrading the space around the baggage claim carousels and adding food and beverage establishments and restrooms near the baggage claim.

Remodeling will include new terrazzo flooring, LED lighting fixtures, upgraded signage and more.

The airport said some of the construction will impact passengers in the terminal building and drivers stopping in front of the buildings, so travelers are encouraged to arrive at least 90 minutes before scheduled flights.

The project is expected to create 40 full-time jobs.

“The comments we have received regarding phase one of the Gateway Transformation Project have been overwhelmingly supportive and have generated excitement for what’s to come in phase two,” said Jim Gill, president and CEO, Ford airport.

The project’s first phase began in December 2015 and ended in September 2017.

The first phase included a consolidated security checkpoint, which centralized and combined security screening, along with new retail and concession spaces, restrooms and nursing rooms, business centers and more.

Airport construction updates are available online.

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