PIA sees record October

PEORIA, IL -- The General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport (PIA) saw a record October with 56,290 passengers, surpassing that month's previous record of 54,580 passengers in October 2014.

"We started 2017 off very strong. January, February and March were all busier than our prior record years of 2014 and 2015. In fact, this past March was our busiest month ever. Then we saw some softening in April and September," said Director of Airports Gene Olson. "Still, if we can match last year's totals in November and December, we will beat our 2016 passenger total."

"The Peoria International Airport is proud to play a major economic role in the region, but our success rests on community support so we're very grateful to our passengers -- from the business travelers who take advantage of our daily nonstop flights to six major hubs to the families who love our nonstop flights to the beach."

Peoria is one of only two Downstate Illinois airports served by four airlines -- legacy carriers American, Delta and United and low-cost carrier Allegiant. PIA also flies to four of the five most connected airports in the U.S., according to OAG, an aviation data analytics company and its 2017 Megahubs Index. Chicago O'Hare International Airport leads the list, followed by Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas and Denver.

"Last November, American Airlines added Charlotte -- its second-largest hub -- to its list of destinations from Peoria. I think many people have been surprised at how easy it is to travel through, but also how connected it is. Indeed, Charlotte is now the third most connected airport in the U.S.," said Olson, adding that American also flies daily nonstops to Chicago O'Hare and Dallas/Fort Worth.

Delta Air Lines flies daily nonstops to Atlanta -- one of the busiest and the second most connected U.S. airport -- as well as to Detroit and Minneapolis. Detroit Metro Airport recently ranked second in the 2017 J.D. Power North American Airport Satisfaction Study, the global market research company's first such survey in nearly 20 years.

"Detroit Metro Airport is a hidden gem. Easy to navigate, yet with great connectivity and all the amenities you could ask for. I wasn't surprised to see it near the top of J.D. Power's list," Olson said. "And with Minneapolis, Delta offers Central Illinois a great gateway to the north and west."

Of Peoria's two remaining airlines, United flies daily nonstops to Chicago O'Hare International Airport, and Allegiant flies nonstops to Las Vegas, Phoenix/Mesa and to four Florida cities: Destin, Ft. Myers/Punta Gorda, Orlando-Sanford and Tampa/St. Petersburg.

"Between our free parking and shuttles, our great airline partners and staff and our connections, I hope we strike that perfect balance of convenience combined with connectivity because that's the goal," said Olson. "As we like to say, 'We are big enough to get you everywhere you need to be, yet small enough to care you get there."



  • For information, contact:
  • Gene Olson, Director of Airports
  • Phone: 309-697-8272
  • Email: golson@flypia.com

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