CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Gerald R. Ford International Airport is encouraging travelers to arrive earlier as crews begin upgrades to airline ticket counters, baggage claims and curbside areas.
Construction on the $18 million second phase of the airport’s Gateway Transformation Project officially began Monday and will continue through the summer of 2020.
Because of the work, airport officials are encouraging travelers to arrive at least 90 minutes before their scheduled flight and visit the airport website for construction updates.
Ford Airport plans to add food and beverage vendors as well as restrooms to the area surrounding its baggage carousels. The airport will also move the Transportation Security Administration’s screening equipment. Phase II plans also call for new flooring, LED lighting and upgraded signs.
Airport officials say the second phase of construction will create more than 40 full-time jobs.
The first stage of the airport’s $45 million Gateway Transformation Project spanned December 2015 to September 2017 and included consolidating security and adding new retail and concession areas, restrooms, nursing rooms and business centers.