FedEx swaps sides in Illinois

Federal Express officially started operations at Central Illinois Regional Airport (CIRA) in Bloomington on February 2. It follows an announcement in May 2014 that it was pulling out of its operation at nearby Peoria airport, on the west bank of the Illinois River.
The express carrier said the move would allow it to upgrade its priority overnight service and offer earlier delivery times to the central Illinois market, while maintaining delivery times to Peoria itself. Flights will operate mainly to Indianapolis and Memphis.
FedEx’s arrival fills a gap for CIRA, which lost passenger carrier Frontier Airlines in November and also suffered from the shutdown of DHL’s US operations in 2008.
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