Peoria International Airport expecting a big jump in travelers this summer
PEORIA (25 News Now) - Rising inflation doesn’t appear to be affecting the passenger numbers at Peoria International Airport.
Airport director Gene Olson says around 34% more travelers will fly through PIA compared to this time last year, but that’s still 20% lower than before the COVID-19 pandemic.
Olson says the demand for travel is sky-high right now, but a pilot shortage is among several factors making it harder for airlines to meet that demand.
“You’re not seeing an increase in the number of airline seats available, so when the supply is the same and the demand is higher, the price goes up. And fuel is having an impact on that as well,” Olson said.
Olson adds around 6000 pilots were furloughed during the pandemic, and since student pilots need 1500 hours of experience before they’re eligible to fly, it is taking a while to recover.
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