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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - Sunday Southwest officially became a part of Gerald R. Ford International Airport. The added service doubles the airport's seats to 1,600 a day.
Brian Ryks, the airport's Executive Director says, "This is a big day, an unprecedented air announcement here at the airport."
Some of the destinations include: Baltimore, St. Louis, Denver, Orlando, and seasonally, Tampa and Ft. Meyers. Customers can connect to 70 other destinations."
The airport director says adding the carrier means ticket prices will drop because there is more competition. Plus more business will be able to fly into the area, including tourism, and businesses that may want to hold a convention.
An added bonus, Southwest has free baggage and flight transfers.