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Peoria International has record-breaking month in May

PEORIA, Ill. - A local airport had a recording-breaking month when it came to how many people were flying through the area.

Peoria International Airport had a record of 60,261 passengers traveling in May, breaking the previous May record of 56,470 set in 2014.

"These are exciting numbers because we're not even fully into the busy summer travel season," says Gene Olsen, Director of Airports for the Metropolitan Airport Authority of Peoria."

Allegiant Air flies nonstop from PIA to Las Vegas, Phoenix, and four Florida cities, Destin, Orlando, Punta Gorda and Tampa/St. Petersburg. PIA also has daily nonstop flights on American, Delta, and United airlines to six major hubs.

"We're extremely proud of the options and airlines that we have at PIA," says Olsen. "Airports are critical lifelines to the global economy, and our airport offers easy access to that international community."

Although PIA had its third busiest year in 2017, a recent market analysis showed the airport captures just 58% of the air travel within a 25 to 40 mile radius. Of the 42% choosing another airport, 33% are choosing O'Hare International Airport.

"The more we can convince everyone to use PIA, the more service and destinations we can attract."

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