Ask Peoria Station

NOTE: I don’t know how long this blog will be available. William “Billy” Dennis passed away Monday, April 3, and I know nothing of plans to continue his blogpeoria project.

It is time for another “Ask Peoria Station.” Feel free to ask any transportation related question. As always, if I don’t know the answer, I’ll find one.

– David P. Jordan

17 thoughts on “Ask Peoria Station

  1. Sorry about Dennis’es passing.

    Anyways have you heard any more updates on the ethanol plant here in Canton? Are they going to tear it down or just sell it? I ask because I seen 5 or 6 vehicles last week with another pulling in. I wonder what they are doing.

    • What kind of vehicles? Agland FS uses the grain elevator there.

      I know Pacific Ethanol acknowledges is idled Canton plant in Securities & Exchange Commission filings, but I’ve never heard of plans to reopen it.

      • A few regular trucks and cars. I didn’t see any logo’s on any of them. I’m not sure if it’s normal or not. I think the most vehicles ive seen there was maybe 3.

  2. Are the facilities in the international terminal getting any use? Do arriving domestic flights use the baggage carosel in the international terminal or domestic terminal?

    • Ramp pavement reconstruction last year and this year requires some domestic flights to use the international terminal. I know American Eagle and Allegiant Air are using it. No doubt the other two will before work is complete.

      I don’t recall a baggage claim in the international terminal when I took the tour last May, so I’d say passengers must go to the main terminal for that.

  3. Hello all,

    Currently American is using gates 12 and 14, end of this month Delta will be moving to the International terminal and American will go to 4,5,6 as the new concrete at 5 and 6 is ready for aircraft. Also Allegiant will share gate 14 as concrete at gate 8,9,10 is slated to be replaced this summer.

  4. I received a 10 question survey from Peoria Airport today. Any idea what they are poking at or searching for from this survey. I have received several of these in recent years and My experience shows Past ones are usually followed months later with some service announcement.

    • Hi Tim,

      I also received a survey, though I haven’t filled it out.

      One from a year or so ago, asked about possible future Allegiant Air destinations – Destin/Ft. Walton Beach, Los Angeles and Myrtle Beach – because, as I understand it, that carrier specifically asked the airport authority which ones would be most popular. Apparently, Destin/Ft. Walton Beach went to the top of the list.

      Surveys at a minimum help the airport authority when talking to airlines at conferences. Hopefully, United Express will restore Denver service in the near future.

  5. The theme of this one is curious because the questions were centered on evaluating the current hubs our carriers use from Pia.

  6. David, took American from PIA to CLT last week. Wow, CLT is big and sprawling airport and very busy. Would sure hope this service stays in place long term. You can get to a lot of places from there. We did not connect and CLT was our destination.

    • Hi Mike,

      Glad you had a good trip. How was the flight’s load factor? I assume competitive fares are filling seats.

      • David, on the trip to CLT there was only 1 seat open(next to me!). On the return back to PIA there were a few open, guessing around 6-7. But we were traveling back on Easter evening so maybe that accounted for a lighter load. When we arrived at 9:15pm there was an Allegiant Airbus sitting at the gate and was getting ready to board for Phoenix/Mesa. It seemed to be about half hour behind schedule and the board said it was supposed to depart at 9:07pm. I do find it interesting that American charges an upcharge for several seats on the CR200. The exit rows are $16 along with a few rows towards the front and the first row is $33. In my opinion there are no premium seats on a CR200 outside of that first row having the extra leg room. It was really nice using the new terminal and gives a nice experience walking across the bridge.

        • That’s good to know. Hopefully, both DL via Atlanta and AA via Charlotte are making money with full or nearly full loads but low fares.

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