2.3 million. That's the number of passengers who passed through the gates of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport last year as they traveled to or from Grand Rapids, Michigan.
While it's the second busiest airport in Michigan, none of those passengers had to navigate a complicated airport map to retrieve their luggage. And when it comes to catching a connecting flight, no shuttle or train is required.
The airport's recently-renovated two main concourses easily handle the 120 daily nonstop flights to more than 24 destinations, including Las Vegas, Denver, Dallas, Minneapolis, Orlando, Washington D.C., Atlanta and New York City.
The airport is served by five airlines: Southwest, Delta, American, United and Allegiant. The discount carriers help keep fares down. And, while the airport is a breeze to navigate, it still offers travelers the essentials, such as free wifi, craft beer and Starbucks coffee.
Located about 13 miles from the city's DeVos Place convention center, the airport provides easy access to downtown and area hotels, most of which offer free shuttle service. For those headed elsewhere, there are car rentals, taxis or limousines.
If you want to get work done without leaving the airport, it features two free business centers, plus fully equipped meeting rooms for rent.
And for the traditionalists, Cyndee's Shoe Shine is located right next to the Starbucks. Grab a coffee and have a seat!
EDITOR'S NOTE: This information was updated to reflect changes regarding airport information. August 2016