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General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport
Airport type Public
Operator Greater Peoria Airport Authority
Serves Peoria, Illinois
Elevation AMSL 660 ft / 201 m
Coordinates 40°39′51″N 089°41′36″W / 40.66417°N 89.69333°W / 40.66417; -89.69333Coordinates: 40°39′51″N 089°41′36″W / 40.66417°N 89.69333°W / 40.66417; -89.69333
Direction Length Surface
ft m
13/31 10,104 3,080 Concrete
4/22 8,003 2,439 Asphalt
Statistics (2008)
Aircraft operations 53,305
Based aircraft 87
Sources: Airport[1] and FAA[2]

General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport[3] (IATA: PIAICAO: KPIAFAA LID: PIA) is a public use airport located four nautical miles (7 km) west of the central business district of Peoria, a city in Peoria County, Illinois, United States.[2] The airport is on the northwest edge of Bartonville, near Bellevue. It was formerly known as the Greater Peoria Regional Airport. It is often referred to simply as Peoria International Airport by the airport authority.



On May 19, 1932 the citizens of Peoria voted to have an airport. On 195 acres (0.8 km²), American Airways (now American Airlines) and Chicago and Southern Airlines brought in airmail and passenger service on 4 shale-surfaced runways. The land was purchased by 261 Peoria businessmen who formed the Peoria Airport, Inc.[4] It was turned over to the Peoria Park District in 1937, and then to newly-formed The Metropolitan Airport Authority of Peoria in 1950.

On April 25, 2007 the Greater Peoria Airport Authority announced that a new 9 gate terminal will be built and the older terminal would be demolished. On October 10, 2008, the airport was renamed "General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport" during a groundbreaking ceremony attended by Ross Perot, friend of the late Wayne A. Downing.[3]

National Guard

The airport is home to the 182d Airlift Wing, Peoria Air Guard. This Air National Guard unit consists of Lockheed C-130H Hercules aircraft. The airport is also home to the Army National Guard AASF3 1st Battalion, 106th Aviation Regiment, currently operating the Boeing CH-47 "Chinook" twin rotor helicopter.

Facilities and aircraft

Peoria International Airport covers an area of 3,800 acres (1,538 ha) at an elevation of 660 feet (201 m) above mean sea level. It has two runways: 13/31 is 10,104 by 150 feet (3,080 x 46 m) with a concrete surface; 4/22 is 8,003 by 150 feet (2,439 x 46 m) with an asphalt pavement.[2]

For the 12-month period ending July 31, 2008, the airport had 53,305 aircraft operations, an average of 146 per day: 43% general aviation, 31% air taxi, 19% military and 8% scheduled commercial. At that time there were 87 aircraft based at this airport: 48% single-engine, 21% multi-engine, 18% military, 8% jet, and 5% helicopter.[2]

Airlines and destinations

Destinations from PIA (as of June 2008)

As of January 2010, Peoria International Airport is served by 5 airlines. Allegiant Air is the only airline to offer larger jets. Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and American Eagle offer flights in smaller regional jets.

Airlines Destinations
Allegiant Air Las Vegas, Phoenix, St. Petersburg-Clearwater
AmericanConnection operated by Chautauqua Airlines Chicago-O'Hare [begins April 6]
American Eagle Chicago-O'Hare [ends April 5], Dallas/Fort Worth
Delta Connection operated by Mesaba Airlines Minneapolis/St. Paul
Delta Connection operated by Pinnacle Airlines Detroit
United Express operated by SkyWest Airlines Chicago-O'Hare, Denver



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