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Central Illinois Airport Wars - Cira Vs. Peoria

Sat Jan 16, 2016 5:43 pm

It is January 2016 and 2015 passenger counts are in for Central Illinois' two largest commercial airports!

Gen. Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport reported a record 641,477 passengers last year. This figure was only about 0.004% higher than 2014's 639,320 passengers, but it represented the 4th record in a row.

http://www.flypia.com/news.php?i=39

Central Illinois Regional Airport, serving Peoria's neighbor, Bloomington-Normal, saw its 4th consecutive decline. Only 379,186 passengers were handled in 2015, an 8% drop from 2014's 412,045. Loss of Frontier Airlines' flights to DEN and MCO are cited as the main reason for the decline.

http://www.pantagraph.com/business/l...1-2111-5761-bc60-30dd530aa6e0.html

Other developments to report...

(1) PIA's international terminal is nearing completion. The building's two gates will be used for domestic flights as well. A recent local news report includes video here

http://www.cinewsnow.com/news/local/...al-continues-at-PIA-363599381.html

(2) Good news for CIRA. Delta Air Lines replaced a Delta Connection CR9 with a 717 on the ATL-CIRA route Januaty 5, and American Eagle is adding a 3rd roundtrip, daily-except-Saturday, on its CIRA-DFW route on March 3.

[Edited 2016-01-16 09:47:00]
 
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RE: Central Illinois Airport Wars - Cira Vs. Peoria

Sat Jan 16, 2016 6:05 pm

Quoting FlyPeoria (Thread starter):
Central Illinois Airport Wars

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RE: Central Illinois Airport Wars - Cira Vs. Peoria

Sat Jan 16, 2016 6:36 pm

Well add in CMI and SPI and thats over 1m pax per year. Throw in leakage to STL and ORD, it's a sizable market. Shame all 4 airports have to fight each other.
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RE: Central Illinois Airport Wars - Cira Vs. Peoria

Sat Jan 16, 2016 8:32 pm

Quoting toltommy (Reply 2):
Well add in CMI and SPI and thats over 1m pax per year. Throw in leakage to STL and ORD, it's a sizable market.

That's over 1 million between just BMI and PIA (1,020,663).

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Shame all 4 airports have to fight each other.

There's a history behind it all. For one thing, BMI was for many years on Ozark Air Lines' ORD-BMI-MTO-MVN-STL route. The carrier operated two flights in each direction until February 1980. That was it, until Britt Airways began service in late 1979. It should be noted that Bloomington-Normal's metro population grew from 84,000 in 1960 to 104,000 in 1970 and 119,000 in 1980. Logically, other cities in the region - CMI, DEC and SPI - had more service as they were somewhat larger and/or more distant from Peoria.

Peoria had by far the biggest metro area in the region (313,000 in 1960, 342,000 in 1970 and 365,000 in 1980) and air service levels to prove it. Ozark Air Lines actually used PIA as a mini-hub from 1969 to 1981, and passenger traffic grew from 262,511 in 1968 to nearly 551,000 in 1978 as OZ added LGA & IAD routes in 1969, IND, SDF and MSP in 1974, DEN in 1975 and DTW and OMA in 1976. Continental added ORD and LAX (via MCI) flights in 1977.

Fast forward to the last 20 years, and BMI has succeeded in exploiting its central location among the region's major cities, but PIA has held on. The Central Illinois region is too big to be served by a single regional airport, but two would suffice (PIA and BMI or CMI), with SPI maintaining some service due to its size.

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RE: Central Illinois Airport Wars - Cira Vs. Peoria

Sun Jan 17, 2016 5:35 am

Barn burner for sure.
UAX does not serve BMI or CMI.. It serves PIA and SPI.
 
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RE: Central Illinois Airport Wars - Cira Vs. Peoria

Sun Jan 17, 2016 7:54 pm

I am very curious to see how the numbers are a year from now.
Mitsubishi is gone and Caterpillar is slowing down.

Bummer, both airports are nice terminals

Quoting toltommy (Reply 2):
Throw in leakage to STL and ORD, it's a sizable market.

Don't forget Indianapolis and Chicago Midway.
Peoria also overlaps with Moline/Quad Cities.
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RE: Central Illinois Airport Wars - Cira Vs. Peoria

Sun Jan 17, 2016 9:02 pm

Quoting FlyPeoria (Thread starter):
(2) Good news for CIRA. Delta Air Lines replaced a Delta Connection CR9 with a 717 on the ATL-CIRA route Januaty 5, and American Eagle is adding a 3rd roundtrip, daily-except-Saturday, on its CIRA-DFW route on March 3.

Delta faces this decision frequently -- either drop a destination or upgrade it from Connection to mainline. Anywhere there is competition, DL Connection has no chance against reliable service from other airlines.
 
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RE: Central Illinois Airport Wars - Cira Vs. Peoria

Sun Jan 17, 2016 10:54 pm

Quoting IPFreely (Reply 6):
Delta faces this decision frequently -- either drop a destination or upgrade it from Connection to mainline. Anywhere there is competition, DL Connection has no chance against reliable service from other airlines.

I'm not sure when AE announced the 3rd BMI-DFW roundtrip (DL announced 717 service to BMI in October), but I suspect AA competition via DFW was a factor.
 
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RE: Central Illinois Airport Wars - Cira Vs. Peoria

Sun Jan 17, 2016 10:58 pm

Quoting stlgph (Reply 5):

I am very curious to see how the numbers are a year from now.
Mitsubishi is gone and Caterpillar is slowing down.

Caterpillar's cutbacks affecting biz and leisure travel was the reason PIA's 2015 numbers weren't much higher. Had early 2015 trends held, PIA would probably have been closer to 660,000 to 675,000.

I'll make this prediction: PIA's numbers will be down in 2016 (still above 600,000) and BMI will see a slight increase to back above 400,000.
 
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RE: Central Illinois Airport Wars - Cira Vs. Peoria

Sun Jan 17, 2016 11:28 pm

Quoting FlyPeoria (Thread starter):
Central Illinois Regional Airport, serving Peoria's neighbor, Bloomington-Normal, saw its 4th consecutive decline. Only 379,186 passengers were handled in 2015, an 8% drop from 2014's 412,045. Loss of Frontier Airlines' flights to DEN and MCO are cited as the main reason for the decline.

Before the DEN - BMI was canceled last year I flew the route numerous times. Those flights were always nearly full or full.

I suspect that many of the pax were connects headed west from DEN. However, F9 should have been making some $$$ off of this route.

With the recent change in route strategy by Frontier back to smaller cities for some routes perhaps BMI could re-appear on the F9 schedules.   

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RE: Central Illinois Airport Wars - Cira Vs. Peoria

Tue Jan 19, 2016 4:16 am

Quoting Frontier14 (Reply 9):
Before the DEN - BMI was canceled last year I flew the route numerous times. Those flights were always nearly full or full.

I suspect that many of the pax were connects headed west from DEN. However, F9 should have been making some $$$ off of this route.

With the recent change in route strategy by Frontier back to smaller cities for some routes perhaps BMI could re-appear on the F9 schedules.

Frontier was posting 91% load factors on its BMI flights when it decided to pull out. Now that UAX dropped PIA-DEN a year ago, the carrier could probably return to the Central Illinois market...yet PIA, not BMI, is possible.

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