Peoria air travel remains calm for last minute travelers

By WEEK Producer

Peoria air travel remains calm for last minute travelers

December 24, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 4:04 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- A major winter storm that dumped up to six feet of snow in the mountains of California is headed east and raising questions of more holiday travel chaos across much of the United States.

The skies were clear here in Central Illinois on Monday for last minute travelers and workers at Peoria International Airport are doing everything they can to make sure travelers get to their friends and families.

"Our folks expect to have a full flight," said American Airlines General Manager Jerry Buit. "They expect to have issues pop up and I think we're all prepared as much as we can be to take care of the passenger as best as we can."

Although most passengers plan ahead for holiday traveling, some wait until the last minute to save some cash.

"Usually the airlines have sales leading up to Christmas day and folks have to plan at the last minute," said Buit.

But even planning ahead can't prepare you for missing your flight.

"They wouldn't refund my money," said traveler Bill Tracy. "They wouldn't put me on a different flight so I guess I'll just figure out a different route."

While travelers head out of Peoria to see their families one soldier is happy to be home.

"It feels great. I've been gone for about five months now and coming home feels awesome," said soldier Brody Forbes.

He gets to spend the holidays with the most important people in his life.

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