PIA has another record month in 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 through Peoria's airport last month, breaking the previous February record of 45,806 set in 2016.

"So far, 2017 has been a very good year for us," said Gene Olson, Director of Airports for the Metropolitan Airport Authority of Peoria. "We've attributed our numbers to a mild winter, a new destination and, we hope, the fact that more and more people are realizing what a convenient airport we are to travel through."

In November, American Airlines added twice daily, nonstop flights to Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT), giving travelers direct access to six major hubs, including four of the five most connected airports in the world from Peoria.

"As American Airlines' second-largest hub and one of the most connected airports in the world, Charlotte has really opened up a number of options for our travelers, both on the East Coast and abroad. It's been a wonderful addition to our schedule," Olson said. 

Other highlights of 2017 thus far include: flights on larger 76-seat passenger jets with first class service to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) on American Airlines and the announcement of seasonal nonstop flights to Destin, FL starting May 24 on Allegiant Airlines.

Once flights to Destin start, Peoria will have nonstop service to 12 cities on four airlines -- more than any other Downstate Illinois airport.

"With two new routes and the return of some first class service, we're very excited to see what 2017 holds for PIA, especially since we haven't seen the impact of Spring Break travel yet," Olson said.

"I also expect this will be a very busy summer for us. Come May, we'll have six destinations on Allegiant -- more than any other Central Illinois airport. And Destin, our newest addition, is already booking strong so we expect it to be a very popular addition to the mix."

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

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