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Peoria Airport Lands Delta Service to Atlanta

In a ceremony at the airport on Thursday, the Greater Peoria Airport Authority announced the addition of three daily Delta Connection ASA flights from the Greater Peoria Regional Airport to Atlanta, Georgia, beginning August 1, 2001.

The non-stop jet service offers Central Illinois travelers more than 170 direct connections through Delta's Atlanta hub—the largest single-airline hub in the world—and a southeastern hub that avoids common Midwestern weather delays. The hub also connects directly to many popular international destinations.

Delta's arrival in Peoria has been largely attributed to the ongoing efforts of the airport authority. For an initial meeting with top Delta officials, the authority assembled a delegation that included representatives from the airport authority, local business representatives, Congressman Ray LaHood and State Representative David Leitch, and other community leaders. And according to Delta, the meeting was a success.

"We were sold on Peoria as a dynamic growing community," said one Delta executive. "We restructured our air service to include Peoria because it perfectly meets our goals to provide service to Central Illinois travelers."

Congressman Ray LaHood agrees. "This is tremendous news for Peoria and all of Central Illinois," he said. "Not only will this service provide Peorians with access to another tremendous international airport, it will provide access to the southeast, one of the fastest-growing areas of the country. Air service from Peoria to the southeast is sorely needed for local businesses such as Caterpillar and the vacation traveler alike."

"We've worked hard to add service and options at the airport," said Fred Traub, director of airports for the Greater Peoria Airport Authority. "We've accomplished a lot, but adding Delta and Atlanta certainly adds to the list."

From Peoria to Atlanta

Flight
Departs
Arrives
Equipment
Effective
4643
6:10 a.m.
9:04 a.m.
CRJ
Aug. 1 ,2001
4645
1:35 p.m.
4:30 p.m.
CRJ
Aug. 1, 2001
4647
6:40 p.m.
9:50 p.m.
CRJ
Aug. 1, 2001

 

From Atlanta to Peoria

Flight
Departs
Arrives
Equipment
Effective
4644
11:15 a.m.
12:05 p.m.
CRJ
Aug. 1, 2001
4646
5:15 p.m.
6:05 p.m.
CRJ
Aug. 1, 2001
4648
9:45 p.m.
10:35 p.m.
CRJ
Jul. 31, 2001