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Peoria Airport Director Doesn't Expect Caterpillar Fallout

Tanya Koonce

The director of Peoria airports says he doesn't think Caterpillar's decision to move its headquarters to the Chicago area will have much effect on travel.

Gene Olson is director of airports at the General Wayne A. Downing International Airport in Peoria. He says the small percentage of employees relocating won't affect the number of flights booked from Peoria.

Olson says Peoria has seven trips each way to and from Chicago daily. Olson says there's a lot more going on in Peoria than just Caterpillar.

The airport experienced increased ridership, and added more direct flight destinations during a time when Caterpillar faced economic downturn.

Caterpillar made its headquarters move announcement today saying about 300 executives will make the move to the Chicago area. 12,000 positions are expected to remain in Peoria.

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