General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport


General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport
General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport Logo.jpg
Peoria Airport Terminal.jpg
Airport typePublic
Owner/OperatorMetropolitan Airport Authority of Peoria
ServesPeoria, Illinois
LocationLimestone Township, Peoria County
Elevation AMSL661 ft / 201 m
Coordinates40°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
PIA is located in Peoria County, Illinois
Location in Peoria County
Direction Length Surface
ft m
13/31 10,104 3,080 Concrete
4/22 8,004 2,440 Asphalt
Departing passengers (12 months ending Mar. 2018)639,320
Aircraft operations (2017)41,557
Based aircraft (2018)69
Sources: Airport[1] and FAA[2]

General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport[3] (IATA: PIA[4], ICAO: KPIA, FAA LID: PIA) is a civil/military public airport five miles west of Peoria, in Peoria County, Illinois, United States.[2] It 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]

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2017–2021 categorized it as a non-hub primary commercial service facility.[8] Federal Aviation Administration records say the airport had 312,378 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2017 and 328,769 in 2018.[9]

It is the fourth-busiest of the 12 commercial airports in Illinois.[10]


Peoria Airport

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 four 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, then to the newly formed Metropolitan Airport Authority of Peoria in 1950.

American Airlines and Chicago and Southern started flights to Peoria in 1945; C&S pulled out in 1949-50 and American left in 1962, then returned for a couple years starting in 1991. TWA served Peoria 1947 to 1960 and 1983 to 1991; Continental 1977 to 1983, United 1984 to 1995, Republic/Northwest 1986 to 1988, and Ozark from 1950 until it merged into TWA. Peoria's first jets were Ozark DC9s in 1966. A curious artifact of airline regulation: Peoria had never had nonstop flights beyond Chicago, but in 1969 Ozark was allowed a nonstop to New York La Guardia.

On April 25, 2007 the Greater Peoria Airport Authority announced a new nine-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, a friend of the late Wayne A. Downing.[3] The new terminal, designed by Reynolds, Smith & Hills of Jacksonville, Florida and the 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 2016, the Ray Lahood International Arrivals Terminal was completed, with more gates, TSA services, and a US Customs Port of Entry facility.[14]

In December 2020, Delta Air Lines pulled all its flights from Peoria.[15]


Peoria International Airport covers 3,800 acres (1,538 ha) at an elevation of 661 feet (201 m). 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 2017 the airport had 41,557 aircraft operations, average 114 per day: 32% general aviation, 31% air taxi, 18% military, and 9% airline. In June 2018, 69 aircraft were based at this airport: 40 single-engine, 8 jet, 14 military, 3 helicopter, and 4 multi-engine.[2]


The airport is co-located with the Peoria Air National Guard Base, 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.

Airlines and destinations


Allegiant Air Fort Lauderdale (begins December 15, 2021),[16] Las Vegas, Orlando/Sanford, Phoenix/Mesa, Punta Gorda (FL), St. Petersburg/Clearwater
Seasonal: Denver,[17] Destin/Fort Walton Beach, Nashville, Rapid City,[18] Sarasota
American Eagle Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth [20]
United Express Chicago–O'Hare [21]


UPS Airlines Louisville, Rockford, Miami


Airline market share

Carrier shares for (March 2020 – February 2021)[22]
Carrier Passengers (arriving and departing)
Envoy Air
Top domestic destinations (March 2020 – February 2021)[22]
Rank City Passengers Airlines
1 Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois 21,390 American, United
2 Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 20,250 American
3 Charlotte, North Carolina 18,880 American
4 Punta Gorda/Ft. Myers, Florida 17,500 Allegiant
5 Phoenix–Mesa, Arizona 16,340 Allegiant
6 St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Florida 13,800 Allegiant
7 Las Vegas, Nevada 7,750 Allegiant
8 Orlando–Sanford, Florida 6,990 Allegiant
9 Destin/Fort Walton Beach 2,590 Allegiant
10 Atlanta 2,380 Delta

Accidents and incidents

  • On October 21, 1971, Chicago & Southern Airlines[a] Flight 804, an ATECO Westwind II crashed 2 miles west of PIA after striking power lines in limited visibility and low clouds, killing all 14 passengers and two crew. The cause was found to be the pilot knowingly descending below the minimum descent altitude before being visual with the runway.[23]


  1. ^ According to the Aviation Safety Network report,[23] the airline involved in the accident was founded in 1969 and ended operations in 1971. Chicago and Southern Air Lines was a completely different airline that was founded in California in 1933 and merged in 1953 with Delta Air Lines to become Delta-C&S for two years until 1955, reverting to Delta Air Lines.


  1. ^ "General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport". September 1, 2017. Retrieved July 4, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e FAA Airport Form 5010 for PIA PDF. Federal Aviation Administration. effective June 21, 2018.
  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. ^ "List of NPIAS Airports" (PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. October 21, 2016. Retrieved July 4, 2018.
  9. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2018" (PDF, 3.2 MB). Federal Aviation Administration. December 12, 2019.
  10. ^ Callais, Krystle. "Carbondale-Murphysboro airport one of the busiest in Illinois". WPSD Local 6. Retrieved April 26, 2020.
  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. ^ "Peoria airport's international terminal to be named for Ray LaHood". Retrieved March 3, 2021.
  15. ^ "Delta permanently discontinues service at Peoria International Airport".
  16. ^ "Allegiant Announces Major Service Expansion with 22 New Nonstop Routes | Allegiant Travel Company".
  17. ^ "Allegiant Air aims for pandemic vacationers with flights to 3 new cities, including Jackson Hole and Portland".
  18. ^ "Allegiant Announces Major Service Expansion with 34 New Nonstop Routes, Plus Nine Special Limited Routes for Sturgis Rally 2021 | Allegiant Travel Company".
  19. ^ "Allegiant Interactive Route Map". Archived from the original on July 17, 2017. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
  20. ^ "Flight schedules and notifications". Archived from the original on February 2, 2017. Retrieved January 7, 2017.
  21. ^ "Timetable". Archived from the original on January 28, 2017. Retrieved January 7, 2017.
  22. ^ 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. March 2020.
  23. ^ a b Accident description for N51CS at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on April 11, 2020.

External links

  • General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport – official website
  • Peoria Air Guard – official website
  • Aerial image as of April 1998 from USGS The National Map
  • FAA Airport Diagram (PDF), effective October 7, 2021
  • FAA Terminal Procedures for PIA, effective October 7, 2021
  • Airport diagram for 1956
  • Resources for this airport:
    • AirNav airport information for KPIA
    • ASN accident history for PIA
    • FlightAware airport information and live flight tracker
    • NOAA/NWS weather observations: current, past three days
    • SkyVector aeronautical chart for KPIA
    • FAA current PIA delay information