Airport #78/100: Peoria (PIA)

General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport
Peoria, Illinois, United States
First visit: 3 August 2017

I didn’t originally plan on visiting PIA. I’d been flying between Tulsa and Chicago O’Hare when thunderstorms forced us to divert.

While this is not the first weather diversion I’ve had, I only count diversions as an airport visit if passengers are allowed to deplane. (If I’ve never been inside an airport, it’s hard for me to say I’ve visited it!) In this case, though, we had to wait several hours, so they pulled up a jetbridge and I was able to visit the airport terminal.


Airport #72/100: Burbank (BUR)


Bob Hope Airport · Burbank, California, United States
First Visit: 11 September 2016 ·

As the Antelope Valley doesn’t have any commercial airline service, I flew into Ontario the last time I went to Palmdale for work. This time, our travel system recommended flying into Burbank, and I decided to give it a try.

Burbank is definitely an older airport. It has no jetbridges, but deplaning by portable stairs was actually rather nice in Burbank’s excellent weather. The terminal was small by modern standards, but it didn’t feel too crowded. Getting up to Palmdale was pretty easy via the 5 and the 14.