Find the information you need to know when planning a meeting in Grand Rapids. See safety guidelines, requirements, travel updates & openings.

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Getting to Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids is both accessible and convenient for meeting attendees. Our Gerald R. Ford International Airport was ranked #1 in North America (by size) in 2015 – and it’s gotten even better since then, adding new carriers and undergoing a $45 million transformation.

Lines are short – visitors pass through security in less than five minutes, on average – and hospitality is abundant. In addition to a Visitor Information Center and roaming Certified Tourism Ambassadors, planners can arrange for Experience Grand Rapids staff to greet attendees coming off their planes.

Fly Safe. Fly Ford.

The Gerald R. Ford International Airport is the first airport in Michigan to earn the Global Biorisk Advisory Council™ STAR® Facility Accreditation status from the ISSA -- the worldwide cleaning industry association. 

In addition to being the "gold standard" for cleaning and and sanitation, the airport introduced a Fly Safe. Fly Ford. campaign in 2020 to educate travelers on new precautions for their health and restore confidence in air travel. New safety features at the airport include continuous cleaning protocols, hand sanitizer stations, plexiglass dividers at interaction points, visual cues to reinforce physical distancing, and PPE available in concession areas and through vending machines. Passengers, guests and airport personnel are asked to wear facial coverings throughout the terminal.

The Ford airport also offers COVID-19 testing in the Economy Lot, in partnership with TACKL Health. No appointments are needed and drive-up testing options include: Rapid Molecular PCR tests (results in 30 minutes), Standard Molecular PCR Tests (results in 24-72 hours) and Rapid antigen and antibody tests (results in 15 minutes). The site is open fro 4 AM-8 PM every day. More information is available on the TACKL Health website. Explore more airport safety measures and travel tips.

Carriers:

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Allegiant Air

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American Airlines

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Delta Air Lines

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Frontier Airlines

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Southwest Airlines

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United Airlines

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100+ Daily Nonstop Flights To/From:

Flight map of direct destinations from Grand Rapids.


Atlanta
Austin
Baltimore
Boston
Charlotte
Chicago - O'Hare
Chicago - Midway
Dallas/Fort Worth
Denver
Detroit
Destin-Fort Walton Beach
Fort Myers
Fort Lauderdale
Jacksonville
Las Vegas
Los Angeles
Miami International
Minneapolis/St. Paul
Nashville
New Orleans
New York - Newark
Orlando International
Orlando - Sanford
Philadelphia
Phoenix - Sky Harbor
Phoenix/Mesa
Portland, OR
Punta Gorda
Rapid City
Sarasota/Bradenton
Savannah/Hilton Head
St. Petersburg/Clearwater
Tampa International
Washington, DC - DCA

Driving to Grand Rapids

Driving here is also easy – Grand Rapids is located approximately half way between Chicago and Detroit. The city is situated at the intersection of two major expressways and located within a day’s drive of half the U.S. population.

Getting Around Grand Rapids

Once attendees get here, it’s a cinch to get around. Twenty-plus taxi, limo and car rental services provide options for every preference. Our award-winning Rapid Public Transportation System offers free downtown bus and shuttle rides. Ride-sharing choices include Uber, Lyft, Runabouts, and SteadyFare.

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