Hotels offer discounts to stranded Ford Airport travelers

Kent County

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — While some flights are still taking off from the Gerald R. Ford International Airport, the winter storm has grounded some travelers in town.

“Driving here from the Holland area was very treacherous. I sort of feel the hardest part of the trip is over, but we’ll see,” said traveler Jeff Chirico. 

Chirico was planning to head south when the winter storm struck, leading to dozens of flight cancellations, including his.

“My first flight was canceled, so I booked another flight, a later flight on a different airline. And I was rescheduled on the original airline later on this evening, so I’m hoping one of them will keep me away from the snow,” he explained.

At this point Chirico is not even worried about the cost. He just wants to get there.

“I’m going to try this and if it doesn’t work, I’m going to go back home,” he said.

“It’s always better to be stuck home than someplace else, so it’s not so bad,” Chirico added. 

Passengers from out of town don’t have that luxury. They’re stuck shelling out money for a hotel. For travelers on a budget, that unexpected cost can cause trouble.

But some hotels are ready to help. Crowne Plaza is among the 28th Street area hotels near the airport offering a limited number of “distressed passenger” discounted rooms.

If you must travel this week, make sure to pack your patience and check your flight status online before you head out the door, so you don’t get stuck at the airport for hours. 

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