The Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority is now up and running after the Federal Aviation Administration approved the transition this week.

Kent County owned and operated Gerald R. Ford International (GRR) through its Department of Aeronautics for 60 years. With the creation of the authority, a regional Airport Authority Board appointed by the County Board of Commissioners will decide policy matters.

“This is a historical day for our region, our county and our airport,” said Roger Morgan, GFIAA Board Chairman and Kent County Commissioner. “The transfer to an authority has been a goal of our board’s for several years, and to see the teamwork, the collaboration of organizations, and the FAA’s support has been truly remarkable. We had a smooth process along the way, and we are grateful to each and every person who assisted us in this transition.”

The airport authority will be responsible for developing the airport, creating greater levels of economic development and proactive commercial revenue development, and developing a stronger regional focus to respond to air service needs.