General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport

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General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport
General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport Logo.jpg
Peoria Airport Terminal.jpg
Airport type Public
Owner/Operator Metropolitan Airport Authority of Peoria
Serves Peoria, Illinois
Location Limestone Township, Peoria County
Elevation AMSL 661 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
Location of Peoria County in Illinois
Location of Peoria County in Illinois
PIA is located in Peoria County, Illinois
Location of airport in Peoria County
Direction Length Surface
ft m
13/31 10,104 3,080 Concrete
4/22 8,004 2,440 Asphalt
Statistics (2014, 2015)
Passengers 639,320
Aircraft operations 39,673
Based aircraft 58
Sources: Airport[1] and FAA[2]

General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport[3] (IATA: PIA[4]ICAO: KPIAFAA LID: PIA) is a civil/military public airport five miles west of Peoria, in Peoria County, Illinois.[2] The airport is on the northwest edge of Bartonville, near Bellevue. It is owned by the Metropolitan Airport Authority of Peoria,[2] which often refers to it as Peoria International Airport.[5] It was formerly the Greater Peoria Regional Airport.[6][7]

This airport is in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which called it a primary commercial service airport (more than 10,000 enplanements per year).[8] As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 278,426 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008,[9] 242,142 in 2009 and 249,595 in 2010.[10]


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.[11] It was turned over to the Peoria Park District in 1937, and then to newly formed The Metropolitan Airport Authority of Peoria in 1950.

Airport diagram for 1956

On April 25, 2007, the Greater Peoria Airport Authority announced a new 9 gate terminal will be built and the old terminal 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] The new terminal, designed by Reynolds, Smith & Hills of Jacksonville, FL, Dewberry (architecture firm) of Peoria, and built by Turner Construction, opened on April 27, 2011.[12] As of August 24, 2012 the airport was in negotiations for international flights using a temporary customs facility.[13]

In the spring of 2016, the Ray Lahood International Arrivals Terminal was completed, offering additional gates, TSA services, and a US Customs Port of Entry facility

Air National Guard / Army National Guard[edit]

The airport is co-located with the Peoria Air National Guard Base, which is home to the 182d Airlift Wing (182 AW) of the Illinois Air National Guard. This Air National Guard unit is operationally-gained by the Air Mobility Command (AMC) and consists of Lockheed C-130H Hercules aircraft. The airport is also home to the Illinois Army National Guard's Army Aviation Support Facility No. 3 and 1st Battalion, 106th Aviation Regiment, currently operating the Boeing CH-47 "Chinook" helicopter.

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Ticketing area in the main terminal.

Peoria International Airport covers 3,800 acres (1,538 ha) at an elevation of 661 feet (201 m) above mean sea level. It has two runways: 13/31 is 10,104 by 150 feet (3,080 x 46 m) concrete; 4/22 is 8,004 by 150 feet (2,440 x 46 m) concrete.[2]

In the year ending November 1, 2011 the airport had 39,961 aircraft operations, average 109 per day: 42% general aviation, 33% air taxi, 20% military, and 5% scheduled commercial. 68 aircraft were then based at this airport: 59% single-engine, 15% jet, 15% military, 7% helicopter, and 4% multi-engine.[2] As of December 2014, construction began on a $9 million International terminal and Customs Facility addition slated for completion during the Spring of 2016. This dual purpose facility is being constructed to handle both domestic and, eventual, international charter and commercial flights primarily to the Caribbean and Mexico.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

As of August 2014, Peoria International Airport features service from four passenger airlines. Of the four, Allegiant Air is the only airline with mainline service; American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines use smaller, regional aircraft.

Airlines Destinations
Allegiant Air Las Vegas, Orlando/Sanford, Phoenix/Mesa, Punta Gorda (FL), St. Petersburg/Clearwater
Seasonal: Fort Walton Beach
American Eagle Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth
Delta Connection Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul
United Express Chicago–O'Hare


Top destinations[edit]

Carrier shares for (Dec 2014 – Nov 2015)[14]
Carrier Passengers (arriving and departing)
Top domestic destinations (Dec 2014-Nov 2015)[14]
Rank City Passengers Airlines
1 Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois 89,000 American Eagle, United Express
2 Atlanta, Georgia 43,000 Delta Connection
3 Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 39,000 American Eagle
4 Las Vegas, Nevada 25,000 Allegiant
5 Detroit, Michigan 23,000 Delta Connection
6 St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Florida 22,000 Allegiant
7 Phoenix/Mesa, Arizona 20,000 Allegiant
8 Punta Gorda/Ft Myers, Florida 19,000 Allegiant
9 Minneapolis/St Paul, Minnesota 12,000 Delta Connection
10 Orlando/Sanford, Florida 11,000 Allegiant

Cargo airlines[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Ameriflight Louisville
FedEx Express Memphis
Freight Runners Express Milwaukee
UPS Airlines Chicago/Rockford, Louisville


  1. ^ General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport
  2. ^ a b c d e FAA Airport Master Record for PIA (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective November 15, 2012.
  3. ^ a b Haney, Dave (October 11, 2008). "He would have been proud". Peoria Journal Star. Peoria, Illinois. Retrieved November 18, 2008. 
  4. ^ "IATA Airport Code Search (PIA: Greater Peoria)". International Air Transport Association. Retrieved December 25, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Contact Information". Peoria International Airport. Retrieved December 25, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Greater Peoria Regional Airport". Archived from the original on September 14, 2008. 
  7. ^ "KPIA – Greater Peoria Regional Airport". FAA data republished by AirNav. December 17, 2009. Archived from the original on January 14, 2010. 
  8. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. Archived from the original (PDF, 2.03 MB) on September 27, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009. 
  10. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Brief History of the Airport". Peoria International Airport. Retrieved November 18, 2008. 
  12. ^ Haney, Dave (April 27, 2011). "Dignitaries Praise New Peoria Airport Terminal During Ceremony". Peoria Journal Star. Retrieved June 3, 2012. 
  13. ^ Buedel, Matt (August 24, 2012). "Peoria Airport Discussing Direct Flights to Caribbean, Mexico". Peoria Journal Star. Retrieved August 24, 2012. 
  14. ^ a b "Peoria, IL: General Downing – Peoria International (PIA)". Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), U.S. Department of Transportation. September 2015. 

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