United Airlines said recently it will stop offering a direct flight from Gen. Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport to Houston on April 4.
"We continually review supply and demand for service in all of our markets," United said. "We made the difficult decision to end service between Houston and Peoria due to the significant decline in demand for oil/energy sector-related travel."
Officials at the Peoria airport will continue to work with the airline to re-establish direct flight options to the western United States.
"Houston is a great hub, which we are sad to lose," Metropolitan Airport Authority of Peoria Director of Airports Gene Olson said. "Perhaps a more established route could have weathered the decline in demand, but this route is less than a year old. We definitely made the case and did everything in our power to keep this route, and we'll keep working with United," Olson said.
"The Houston flights were tracking about the same as the Atlanta flights when they were about a year old," Olson said. "The difference is that with the slump in the oil industry, United was not able to achieve the revenue from the flights that they wanted."