The Peoria International Airport is receiving more than $1.7 million for the rehabilitation of the airport’s apron. Illinois Senator Dick Durbin and Representative Cheri Bustos jointly announced the funding. The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded the grant to help with concrete replacements from gates five down to Byerly Aviation. The  announcement builds on more than $1.6 million in federal funding provided last year.


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.

  PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - Officials at Peoria's airport say they hope renovations in the works will help the facility compete for passengers wanting to fly international.  Construction on a two-gate expansion at Gen. Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport is roughly 40 percent complete. Airport director Gene Olson says the $9 million project is slated to be finished in spring next year.  He says it's going to add domestic capacity and set the stage for expanding flights to international destinations in the coming years, like to Mexico and the Caribbean.

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. 

Construction OK'd on international facility at PIA

Oct 29, 2014

Construction is expected to begin this year on a new international arrivals building at the Peoria Airport. The Metropolitan Airport Authority of Peoria approved a more than $8.2 million bid from Peoria Metro Construction to build the facility. It will be connected to the new General Wayne Downing Peoria International terminal.

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. 

Senator Dick Durbin and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos have announced federal funding for repair projects at the Peoria International Airport.  The $1.4 million in funding is through the Department of Transportation.  It will help repair the apron near Byerly Aviation. 

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.