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Ford Airport breaks ground on new federal inspection station

Posted at 10:15 PM, Sep 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-16 22:15:19-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Ford Airport broke ground Wednesday on the first phase of its new federal inspection station.

The goal of the project is to support nonstop flights coming in from overseas, according to a news release.

The $30 million project will include a new baggage claim area, restrooms and a permanent home for U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

“Phase I of this project is an important step forward as we work to bring direct international travel to West Michigan,” said Tory Richardson, president and CEO of Ford Airport. “Creating this additional space will signal to the federal government we are serious about creating an FIS at the Ford Airport while offering us needed additional baggage claim area in the meantime.”

The inspection station will allow the airport to process direct international flights.