Peoria International Airport

Construction of a new fire-and-rescue house to serve the Peoria International Airport is underway. 

Peoria International Airport shattered another of its own records in May.

The airport saw nearly 62,000 passengers. That’s more than any previous May in the airport’s history, and also marks its third-busiest month ever.

Director of Airports Gene Olson explained what he believes is behind the recent high volume of flyers choosing Peoria. 

The Peoria International Airport's record-breaking passenger trend continues.

PIA Prepares for New TSA Screening Measures

Mar 9, 2018

The Transportation Security Administration has new advanced screening procedures nationwide.

PIA Prepares New U.S. Customs Office

Jun 1, 2017
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

The Peoria International Airport is preparing to make the U.S. Customs and Border Protection office operational in the new international terminal.

Peoria Airport Adds 3rd Florida Destination

Jan 10, 2017
Peoria Public Radio

  Peoria International Airport is adding another direct flight to Florida in May. Allegiant Airlines is adding two seasonal weekly flights to Destin/Ft Walton Beach Airport (VPS) May 24th.


The addition of the destination means PIA serves more cities than any other downstate airport. It offers nonstop service to 12 cities on four airlines. The new Destin flight will happen on Wednesday and Saturday mornings on a 177-seat plane.


PIA Adds Charlotte to List of Destinations

Jul 11, 2016

Peoria International Airport has a new destination starting November 4th. PIA is adding nonstop flights to Charlotte, North Carolina. The new destination opens the East Coast to those travelers departing from Peoria. It also provides access to more than 700 daily domestic and international destinations. The Charlotte flights, will be operated the American Airlines subsidiary on 50-seat regional jets. Tickets for the flights go on sale Monday, July 11, 2016.


Details on the PIA to Charlotte flights that start November 4, 2016:

The flights will be operated by PSA Airlines, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines on 50-seat CRJ-200 regional jets.

American Airlines also operates nonstop flights to Chicago O’Hare Airport (ORD) and Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) from Peoria International.

Peoria to Charlotte (PIA-CLT)

  • Flight 5464 Departs at 7:40 a.m. , Arrives at 10:50 a.m.
  • Flight 5465 Departs at 12:47 p.m. , Arrives at 3:43 p.m.

Charlotte to Peoria (CLT-PIA)

  • Flight 5465: Departs at 11:19 a.m. , Arrives at 12:22 p.m.
  • Flight 5466: Departs at 7:59 p.m. , Arrives at 9:03 p.m.

Prepare for road construction at the Peoria Airport

Jul 1, 2015

Peoria International Airport is encouraging people to plan ahead for road construction. Everett McKinley Dirksen Parkway from Middle Road into the airport and partially around the ring of the airport’s main parking area is under construction. People are asked to use caution. Director of Airports Gene Olson says the familiar route to your parking spot will look different. Those visiting the airport will want to look for changed traffic patterns near and in the parking lots. The project is expected to be complete in the Spring.

Public to welcome home Honor Flight Veterans

May 4, 2015

An Honor Flight takes off from Peoria International Airport early Tuesday morning. 22 World War II veterans, 37 from the Korean War and seven terminally ill Vietnam Vets are making the journey to the Memorial in Washington D.C. 

Airport has record number of passengers in March

Apr 24, 2015

Spring break helped make March a record setting month for Peoria’s General Wayne Downing International Airport.  The airport saw 60,750 passengers pass through the gates, the largest monthly number on record. 

PIA sees record number of passengers

Oct 16, 2014

More people than ever before are flying through the General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport. 

Peoria airport adds new parking

Nov 14, 2013

The Peoria International Airport now has 350 new parking spaces. The Airport Authority demolished an old storage building to make room for the additional parking just west of the terminal building. Airport Director Gene Olson says the space will make parking easier for passengers as the holiday travel season ramps up. The new parking is in addition to 100 spaces the airport built last year.   

PIA experiences monthly passenger record

Apr 16, 2013

The Peoria International Airport broke an all-time monthly record for passengers using the facility. More than 56-thousand people flew in and out of Peoria in March. Airport Director Gene Olson says the record is due to its Punta Gorda and Atlanta flights as well as its connecting destinations on Delta Airlines. The last all-time monthly record was set in June 2008 when there were slightly more than 55-thousand passengers. Olson says passenger activity is up more than eight-and-a-half percent so far over last year.