The Metropolitan Airport Authority of Peoria owns and operates the General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport and the Mt Hawley Airport. The General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport is a non-hub primary airport with over 300,000 annual enplanements, scheduled cargo service, military, corporate and general aviation tenants. The airport serves a key role in the economic development of the Central Illinois region. The Mt. Hawley Airport serves general aviation needs on the north side of Peoria and supports a full service fixed base operator and based and transient aircraft ranging up to light jets. Peoria, Illinois is a world-class city in the heart of the Midwest. Peoria is located near the center of Illinois—the crossroads of the United States. It’s a dynamic city experiencing unprecedented growth—especially along its prized riverfront, where new restaurants, shops, businesses and residential areas appear almost monthly.Peoria's major employers include OSF Health Care, Maui Jim Sunglasses, RLI Insurance, and Advanced Technology Services, and is the home town of Caterpillar, Inc. hosting major facilities and employment here. While manufacturing put Peoria o...n the map, business here is diversifying. From medical technology to other health care industries, agriculture to education, Peoria’s business culture is red hot!