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Allegiant Air has announced nonstop service to Tampa/St. Petersburg starting December 13. This new service will initially be offered for $59 each way (additional taxes apply) and can be booked on or through your local travel agent. The flights will be offered twice weekly (Wednesday and Saturday), and will depart Peoria (PIA) at 9:50 a.m. and arrive at the St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport (PIE) at 1:20 p.m. The return flight will depart PIE at 7:40 a.m. and arrive in PIA at 9:15 a.m.

Peoria, get ready for sunshine—with an average 361 days of sunshine each year, the Tampa/St. Petersburg area is considered the most popular vacation destination on Florida’s west coast. The area was named among the top beaches in the United States, and is one of a few destinations to have received the “Blue Wave Award” from the Clean Beaches Council. In addition to pristine beaches, visitors are within minutes of shopping, amazing golf courses, and award-winning resort and dining experiences. And if that’s not enough, how about taking a cruise? That’s right, you can cruise without hassle from the Port of Tampa to many ports of call.

Just imagine: park your car for free, check-in at the Peoria Regional Airport (, fly nonstop to St. Petersburg International Airport (, avoid the big crowds, and start enjoying your fun in the sun in the Tampa Bay area.

There’s even more fun just down the road. For those who want to enjoy a nice drive along Florida’s west coast, you can be in Sarasota in just under one hour, or in Ft. Myers and Naples in about two hours. You can even go to Orlando in a little over one hour. So, why drive Illinois’ interstates to the “other” airports to get to where you’re going when you can drive leisurely in Florida to the other destinations there. Try it—you won’t believe how easy it is.

The staff at the Greater Peoria Airport Authority is committed to make your travel experience as affordable and reliable as we can. The success of Allegiant’s Las Vegas service isn’t just their success and our success—it’s your success, too. After all, you’re the customer and without your business, we can’t provide the level of service you need. More flights, more cities, more affordable fares…that’s our mission—and you help us fulfill it. IBI