Current News Items

  • Disaster Drill at PIA on April 22 Apr 19, 2017 PEORIA, IL -- A full-scale disaster exercise will be held at the Gen. Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport on Saturday, April 22. This is only an exercise. The drill, which will include mult...
  • March busiest month on record at PIA Apr 13, 2017 PEORIA, IL -- March was the busiest month on record at the Gen. Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport, continuing a streak of record months in 2017. A record 61,199 passengers traveled throug...
  • Construction work to begin at Peoria International Airport Mar 29, 2017 PEORIA, IL -- Weather permitting, construction begins Monday at the Gen. Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport reducing portions of the airport entrance road to one lane, possibly through late...
  • PIA has another record month in 2017 Mar 13, 2017 PEORIA, IL -- February was another record month for the Gen. Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport, a 3 percent increase over last year's previous high. A record 47,385 passengers traveled th...
  • PIA starts off 2017 with record January Feb 28, 2017 PEORIA, IL -- A mild winter and a new destination combined to give the Gen. Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport its busiest January in airport history. A record 48,847 passengers traveled t...
  • Airport Comment Regarding Caterpillar, Inc. Headquarters Announcement Jan 31, 2017 PEORIA, IL -- "The news today of Caterpillar's planned headquarters move to Chicago is disappointing for our entire community to be sure," said Director of Airports Gene Olson. "That said, we are enco...
  • PIA looks back at 2016 Jan 17, 2017 PEORIA, IL -- The General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport (PIA) saw 623,134 passengers in 2016, less than 3 percent lower than record-breaking 2015. In addition, PIA had several notable...
  • PIA adds new nonstop flights to Destin, FL this spring Jan 10, 2017 PEORIA, IL -- Starting this May, Allegiant will offer two nonstop flights a week to Destin, Florida, expanding the number of cities that the Gen. Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport serves t...
  • Larger Jets Coming to Peoria International Airport Nov 10, 2016 PEORIA, IL -- Travelers from the Gen. Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport will soon be able to fly larger jets nonstop to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) via American Airlines....
  • PIA adds new nonstop flights to Charlotte, N.C. Jul 08, 2016 PEORIA, IL -- Starting Nov. 4, American Airlines will offer two daily nonstop flights to Charlotte, N.C. from Peoria, opening up the East Coast to travelers as well as access to hundreds of domestic a...
  • Gate and Road Changes at Peoria International Airport Jul 07, 2016 PEORIA, IL -- Construction beginning Monday, July 11 at the Gen. Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport will reduce portions of the airport entrance road to one lane, possibly through November....
  • Public tours of new Ray LaHood International Terminal May 23 Apr 28, 2016 PEORIA, IL -- The public is invited to tour the new Ray LaHood International Terminal on Monday, May 23. Tours will be from 9-11 a.m.; 1-4 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. The $11 million Ray LaHood International ...
  • Suspicious bag results in brief PIA lockdown Mar 31, 2016 PEORIA, IL -- The General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport was locked down briefly Thursday morning after a screener with the Transportation Security Administration discovered a suspiciou...
  • PIA achieves Perfect Score from FAA Mar 24, 2016 PEORIA, IL -- The General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport achieved a perfect score from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) during a rigorous annual certification and safety inspec...
  • New terminal to be dedicated in honor of Ray LaHood Mar 24, 2016 PEORIA, IL -- Former U.S. Transportation Secretary and Congressman Ray LaHood will be honored April 12 during a special dedication ceremony at the General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport...
  • MAAP celebrates National Arts Advocacy Day with local art Mar 01, 2016 PEORIA, IL -- The Metropolitan Airport Authority of Peoria (MAAP) will unveil eight aviation-themed pieces of art created by area high school students in support of national Art Advocacy Day, March 7-...
  • PIA sets fourth annual passenger record Jan 12, 2016 PEORIA, IL -- The General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport (PIA) hosted 641,477 passengers in 2015, setting a new record for the fourth year in a row. Though the number of passengers was...
  • PIA travelers may use Illinois driver's licenses for ID Jan 05, 2016 PEORIA, IL -- Travelers need not be concerned that they will need a passport to board a domestic commercial flight beginning in January. While Illinois is one of several states nationwide with driver...
  • PIA adds 250 new parking spaces to address need Nov 24, 2015 PEORIA, IL -- Director of Airports Gene Olson officially opened the latest parking lot expansion at the General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport on Nov. 20, adding 250 new spaces just in ...
  • Traffic Flow Changes at PIA Starting Monday Sep 11, 2015 Peoria, IL -- Beginning Monday, the main entrance road to the Peoria International Airport will reopen along Everett McKinley Dirksen Parkway, as construction around the terminal enters the final two ...
  • PIA Sees Busiest Month In Airport History Aug 18, 2015 Peoria, IL—July saw two new records for the General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport: busiest July ever and busiest month ever in the airport’s history. Previously, March hel...
  • Peoria International Airport Sets Third Yearly Passenger Record Jan 15, 2015 Peoria, IL – The General Wayne A. Downing Peoria InternationalAirport (PIA) hosted 639,320 passengers during 2014, a new all-time high for the Airport. This is the third consecutive annual passe...
  • Growth Continues at Peoria International Airport Oct 16, 2014                 Seventh consecutive record month in the history books. Peoria, IL – In 7 of the first 9 months of 2014...
  • PIA will welcome Easter Seals "Wings for Autism" Sep 15, 2014 On Sunday, October 5, 2014 from 7:30am-8:45am, the General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport will welcome Easter Seals and the "Wings for Autism" program.  Going to the airport and f...
  • "It's a Small, Small World" | InterBusiness Issues Globalization Edition 2014 Sep 11, 2014 “It’s a small world after all; it’s a small, small world.”   Much like the iconic theme park ride in which you can experience many diversecultures from across the globe i...
  • Six Record Setting Months at PIA Sep 10, 2014 Peoria, IL – The General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport (PIA), has logged its sixth consecutive month of record high passenger numbers for the year. August brought 55,856 tra...
  • New Non-Stop Flights to Orlando coming to PIA Aug 20, 2014 Peoria, IL – Allegiant is expanding its rapidly growing low-cost, high-efficiency, all-jet passenger airline service at the General Wayne A. Downing Peoria InternationalAirport (PIA).  Nons...
  • Passenger Numbers Continue to Soar at PIA Jul 18, 2014 Peoria, IL – The General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport (PIA), an industry leader in travel for Central Illinois, has recorded the highest monthly passenger count in its history w...
  • EASY AS PIA Jul 15, 2014 Peoria, IL – The General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport, a travel leader in downstate Illinois, has announced a revamped and reenergized website at FLYPIA.com.  The new and i...
  • PIA Continues To Break Records Jun 09, 2014 Peoria, IL—The General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport continues its record-setting pace for passenger air service. April and May of 2014 brought an airline passenger total of 112,...
  • Gen. Downing-Peoria International Airport Roadway Improvements Jun 03, 2014 Peoria, IL—As we continue to develop and improve the General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport, please use caution when driving into the parking lot. The Airport Authority has severa...
  • PIA Breaks All-Time Monthly Record Apr 21, 2014 Peoria, IL—March of 2014 ranked as the month with the highest passenger count ever experienced at The General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport. A total of 59,021 passengers traveled...
  • General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Disaster Drill Apr 11, 2014 Peoria, IL—The Metropolitan Airport Authority of Peoria (MAAP) will conduct a disaster exercise for the General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport on Saturday, April 12, 2014. The exe...
  • Karen Jensen Named Airport Authority Board Chair Feb 25, 2014 Peoria IL—The Board of the Metropolitan Airport Authority of Peoria has named Karen Jensen as its Chair. Jensen, who has served as a Commissioner on the Board since 2010, is the first female app...
  • PIA Tops Passenger Record Set In 2012 And Sets New December Record Jan 16, 2014 Peoria, IL—Officials from the General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport (PIA) are pleased to announce that 2013 was once again a record breaking year for passengers departing and arr...

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