Community pushes for new tower at Gerald R. Ford International Airport
GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan — The Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce wants to see the current air traffic control tower at Gerald R. Ford International Airport replaced. Joined by 65 local businesses and organizations, the Chamber sent a formal letter to the Federal Aviation Administration, expressing the region’s need for an updated tower.
The tower was built in 1963. Since then, Gerald R. Ford International Airport has grown significantly and serves as the main commercial service airport for the region.
“The GRR Tower is the oldest of the top 75 commercial service airports,” said Katie Doyen, government affairs manager at the Grand Rapids Chamber. “The height of the current tower creates issues preventing further expansion and investment at the airport. As Michigan’s second-largest and fastest-growing airport, this project is a win for the community and the goal of the FAA and the Biden administration to upgrade infrastructure and support jobs.
The letter outlines the need for a new tower, saying the project would allow for terminal expansions and other investments in the airport. She also notes that the project would create jobs for local workers.
Finally, the letter reminds the Federal Aviation Administration of the positive impact a thriving and expanding airport can have on the West Michigan community.
“A new tower is a top priority for our region,” said Rick Baker, president and CEO of the Grand Rapids Chamber. “We have known for thirty years that this upgrade will improve safety, efficiency, access and economic development in West Michigan. It is time for the FAA to act and move forward.