Peoria International Airport Travel Tips

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Peoria International Airport Travel Tips

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November 19, 2010 Updated Nov 19, 2010 at 4:48 PM CDT

Peoria – The General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport is offering some tips to help make your holiday travel easy and convenient.

ARRIVE EARLY. We highly recommend arriving at the Peoria International Airport at least 1 ½ hours prior to your departure. The Terminal Building opens daily at 4:30 a.m. You can park free in the main parking lot; however since it is a busy travel time, you may need additional time to find a vacant parking spot in the parking lot, so allow yourself enough travel time as the airlines operate a strict schedule and will not allow late passengers to board.
 
Both the Lower and Upper levels of the terminal are available for Passenger drop off and pick up. The cars cannot be left at the curb side unattended.
 
All carriers operating out of Peoria require you to have your boarding pass and your luggage checked in 30 minutes prior to departure. Following check-in please immediately proceed to the security checkpoint.
 
Airlines require you to be at their gates 20 minutes prior to departure. It all starts with you giving yourself plenty of time by arriving at least 1 ½ hours prior to your departure at the airport. With 1 ½ hours before your scheduled departure time, you can relax and enjoy your time at the airport.
 
REMEMBER: DO NOT WRAP GIFTS YOU’RE TAKING ON THE PLANE. SECURITY OFFICERS MAY HAVE TO UNWRAP GIFTS IF THEY NEED TO TAKE A CLOSER LOOK. PLEASE SHIP WRAPPED GIFTS AHEAD OF TIME OR WAIT UNTIL YOUR DESTINATION TO WRAP THEM.
 
USE TECHNOLOGY. Visit your carrier’s website to confirm flight times and print boarding passes before heading to the airport. This is a significant time-saver, especially when traveling with a group. Please remember if you are checking in luggage you still must go to the airline ticket counter.
 
You may also visit the websites www.flypia.com (for schedules and airline information) and www.tsa.gov (for packing advice and security information). If you haven’t flown in a while, the rules for checked baggage are probably different.
 
Please contact your Air Carrier with flight questions.
ALLEGIANT AIR 1-702-505-8888               allegiantair.com
AMERICAN EAGLE 1-800-433-7300          american.com
DELTA                       1-800-325-1999          delta.com
UNITED                     1-800-824-6200          united.com
 
For further information call 309-697-8272 or email  mdevries@flypia.com.