Peoria International Airport seeking new destinations, not worried about CAT HQ move

PEORIA - Peoria International Airport is celebrating a new record. More than 61,000 people flew through the airport in March.

Director of airports Gene Olson says that number is thanks to Spring Break travelers and the continued success of the new flight to Charlotte. Olson says he's working to see that success continue.

"Probably the thing everyone would like to see the most, that we would like to see, is the return of the Denver flight," says Olson. "It's no secret that we're working on that. A westbound destination is probably our biggest gap right now." 

With 300 of Caterpillar's top employees leaving the area, some worry traffic at PIA could soon decline. Olson isn't concerned.

"When corporate jets fly into Peoria, they're not coming here to go to the headquarters building; they're coming here to go to the plants. To see how their product is being made, and if they're a supplier to see how their supply is being used, so I don't see that slowing down." 

Olson says the airport has broken ridership records every month since Caterpillar announced its headquarters are moving. 


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