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It's a Great Time to Fly Peoria and Central Illinois Agrees

The Greater Peoria Regional Airport announced today that numbers are up for May and for the year. While air travel is down nationally and at other downstate airports, Peoria is experiencing increased ridership. May passenger numbers were up over 14.90% and the airport is showing an almost 6.13% increase overall. Nationally, air travel was down almost 2.9% in May.

Success and good news have been frequent at the airport in recent months. Over the past ten months the Airport Authority, government officials and community leaders have successfully worked with airlines to lower fares and add more flights. In August of last year the Airport Authority instituted free parking and improved baggage claim.

The hard work of the Airport Authority recently yielded more good news with Northwest announcing three new flights to Detroit, and Delta Connection ASA starting service to Atlanta on August 1, each of which should bring an even greater increase in passenger traffic. And director Fred Traub says there are more good things to come.

"The airport has seen steady growth over the last ten months and we are confident that this trend will continue," states Fred Traub, Director of Airports. "We've been working very hard to give the people of Peoria and central Illinois what they have asked for, and it's paying off."