PEORIA — The area's passenger airport continues to shatter its own traffic records.

Last month marked the busiest month for passenger travel at Gen. Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport with 62,645 passengers, surpassing the prior record set in March 2017.

During that month, 61,199 travelers went through gates there.

Both were strong months because of spring break travel, airport director Gene Olson said in a news release

He noted that Allegiant saw its traffic to its six destinations rise more than 15 percent over March 2017. Allegiant flies to four Florida cities — Destin, Orlando, Punta Gorda and Tampa/St. Petersburg — as well as to Las Vegas and Phoenix.

"PIA is fortunate to have a good mix of routes to serve both leisure and business travelers," Olson said in the release. "In addition to our nonstop leisure flights, we also have daily nonstop flights on American, Delta and United to six major hubs, including four of the five most connected airports in the U.S. That’s a huge benefit to our community — and one we all want to keep.”

The airport is working to increase the number of business travelers, with leisure travel already growing by double digits.

"We’ve been fortunate so far, but there could be challenges ahead so we’re reaching out to local businesses and asking them to pledge, as much as they are able, to make a conscious choice to use their hometown airport. It’s the only way we’re going to grow," Olson said in the release. "And it’s not like we’re asking people to do things that are not in their own best interest. Flying locally is the most efficient and convenient way to travel.”