PIA adds 250 new parking spaces to address need

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 time for the busy holiday travel season.

With four destinations over the last four years and three years of record-breaking passenger counts, the airport has completely filled its existing lots four times over the last couple years. The new lot expands the western edge of the main parking lot.

"These spaces move the 'center of gravity' of the parking lot closer to the main terminal entrance and will provide much-needed additional space close to the building," Olson said. "These spaces, like the rest of the main and satellite parking lots, will still be free and will be served by our complimentary shuttle service."

Olson noted that the airport chose to expand the parking lot at the same time the entrance road was undergoing reconstruction to minimize the disruption to travelers.

"The remainder of Dirksen Parkway, up to its intersection with I-474, will undergo reconstruction beginning in October 2018," Olson added. "This will truly give us a new front door to Central Illinois."


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

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