PEORIA (Radio WMBD) – Operations at Peoria International Airport leading up to the holiday weekend are experiencing no issues and issues that other airports across the country are experiencing.
Director Gene Olson tells WMBD’s “Greg and Dan” that the airport hasn’t experienced many delays.
“We went pretty normally,” Olson says. “We haven’t actually seen any kind of disruption. We got lucky though. I mean, a drought is terrible for farmers, but it’s not bad for an airport.”
Olson says smoke from the Canadian wildfires that blanketed central Illinois last week had little impact on airport operations. He says only flight schools have been affected with less than ideal conditions for training.
Information on flight arrivals and departures can be found at flypia.com.
Olson says the airport is also seeing more flights arriving and departing, as the five-year averages are returning to pre-pandemic levels.
He says they are also looking to expand the number of airlines and flights to Peoria.
“We actually applied for a grant through the US DOT to help us get stimulus for a new service in a couple of new cities,” Olson said. “We are looking to expand our offerings to the West and Southwest.”
Olson says one factor in having more flights and airlines is improved flight towers. He says the architects recently completed survey work on what improvements are needed and submitted them to the FAA.
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