PIA sees 'best July ever'

By WEEK Producer

August 14, 2012 Updated Aug 14, 2012 at 8:19 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- The General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport has broken a four-year record, making July 2012 the most traveled month for the airport.

The airline passenger count for July of this year was 54,073, including 27,026 departing and 27,047 arriving passengers. This breaks the record held since 2008 by over 1,400 passengers.

"This 'Best July Ever' continues a trend we've been watching since this winter," said Gene Olson, Director of Airports. "We think the increasing number of destination choices -- and the support the community is showing for those choices -- combined with the improving economy, are responsible for these results."

Olson says he has an optimistic outlook for the year as a whole.

"January was our eighth best, February was our third best, and March through June were all second best," he added. "2012 is looking to be a very good year."

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