Also known as Peoria International Airport (PIA), General Wayne A Downing Peoria International Airport is located 8km west of Peoria, Illinois, US. Formerly known as Greater Peoria Regional Airport, the airport is owned and managed by the Metropolitan Airport Authority of Peoria.
The airport welcomed 592,101 passengers in 2013. It also offers an active air cargo service, which handles more than 50 million tons of cargo every year. Allegiant Air, American Airlines, Delta Airlines and United Airlines currently offer services from the airport.
The airport received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Illinois Public Airports Association (IPAA) in 2013 for generating record levels of passenger traffic after the opening of a new terminal in 2011.
The Metropolitan Airport Authority of Peoria has announced plans in September 2014 to build another new terminal to accommodate international services, as well as handle the growing passenger traffic.
New terminal construction project background
PIA decided to add a dedicated international terminal to the airport as faster growing cities, developing economies with business leaders and increasing traveling population in the Central Illinois region have created a need for quicker and convenient air travel.
The demographics and route forecast studies were completed in November 2012, while the designing and planning to build the new terminal began in 2013. It will be constructed between the existing terminal building and the remaining building of the old terminal with access through an enclosed and elevated walkway.
The terminal is expected to open to public in 2016 subject to the approval and on-schedule construction. The estimated investment for the project is $9m.
Existing terminal features of Peoria International Airport
The airport currently has an H-shaped two storey 125,000m² terminal building. The $65m terminal construction project to replace the old terminal building began in 2008 and was completed in 2011.
The first floor of the terminal features ticket counters, concourse area for arrivals and departures, security area, baggage claim area and restaurants. Mechanical equipment, PIA offices and restaurants are located in the second floor.
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There are also 12 departure/arrival gates, as well as additional passenger facilities such as a children’s area, medical services, ATMs, car and taxi rental desk, waiting areas, vending machines and premier suites and lounges .
Car parks at PIA are located near the terminal building. Recent development activities at the airport included the addition of 350 new spaces in the Satellite Lot, which is located to the west of the terminal.
The airport offers free parking for the passengers. A free shuttle bus service carries the passengers from the car park to the terminal building. Metered parking on the lower-level drive allows short-term parking. Premier parking facility is also available at the airport.
Runways and maintenance facilities at PIA
The airport has two runways, known as Runway 04/22 and Runway 13/31. The asphalt-paved Runway 04/22 is 8,004ft long and 150ft wide while the concrete-paved Runway 13/31 is 10,104ft long and 150ft wide.
The airport has two fixed-base operators (FBOs), Byerly Aviation and Peoria Aviation, which offer a full range of maintenance services.