General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport finished the year with two more records! Reporting a record high December with 56,328 passengers the airport culminated 2019 with an all-time yearly high of 689,416 passengers.
After setting monthly records in February, March, April, May, June, July, August and December PIA finished 2.5% over 2018 (672,594), with July being the busiest month in airport history.
“We’ve had a great year at the General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport and are so happy to be wrapping up with a record year. The Central Illinois Community is embracing our Go Global, Fly Local campaign and our numbers are certainly reflecting that! “, said Gene Olson, Director of Airports for the Metropolitan Airport Authority of Peoria. “PIA is fortunate to have incredible support throughout our business and leisure travel community.”
“Though we are very happy about a record year, we are already preparing to make 2020 equally great,” Olson said. “With our recent announcement of adding Nashville to our service map through Allegiant, we are also pleased that United has up-gauged their airplanes to make travel that much more comfortable and user friendly! We are in continuous talks with American and Delta about service improvements and never stop working on our customer experience at the airport. But for now, we want to celebrate this success and thank all of our partners at the airport! Without our colleagues at TSA, FAA air traffic controllers, U.S. Customs, all of our airlines, rental companies and more, our success would not be possible.”
Beyond additional service, the airport is already working on creating additional parking, enhancing cameras around the terminal, purchasing new furniture for the waiting areas as well as refreshing artwork with assistance from 7 local high schools.
“We are preparing 2020 to be our best year yet! We want the community to continue to choose to Fly Local and add convenience into their busy lives by flying out of PIA.