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COVID-19 Slows Down Summer Traffic

COVID-19 Slows Down Summer Traffic

September 18, 2020

25,116 passengers traveled through ABE in August

(Hanover Township, PA) – The summer travel story at Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE) did not have an exciting conclusion.

COVID-19 continued to eradicate passenger traffic for a third straight month with 25,116 passengers traveling through ABE last month – a 72.2 percent decrease from August ’19. 

“During last summer (June to August), nearly 275,000 people chose ABE as their takeoff point. Just a year later, with obvious extenuating circumstances, only 78,851 people traveled through ABE during the same time period,” said Thomas R. Stoudt, Executive Director, LNAA.

Passengers are encouraged to learn more about COVID-19 prevention efforts at ABE, plus TSA and airline travel requirements by visiting: www.flyabe.com

Month             Passengers                Percentage decrease      Month         Passengers

Aug ’20                25,116                                 72.2%                    Aug ’19                   90,524

“While certainly disappointing, we are keeping everything in perspective. Airport staff remain focused on serving the region proudly and maintaining our highest priority which is keeping passengers safe when using your neighborhood airport,” said Stoudt.

By the numbers, United reported a significant passenger traffic decrease of 94.3%, Delta dropped 83.4%, Allegiant was down 67.2%, and American declined by 59.6%. Exciting news for air travelers within the region include the October return of Delta service to Atlanta (ATL) and United service to Chicago (ORD).

14,818,293 pounds of air cargo processed through LehighValley International Airport in August – a slight decrease of 5.7% from Aug ‘19.

Month             CARGO (lbs)              Percentage decrease      Month         CARGO (lbs)

Aug ‘20             14,818,293                             5.7%                       Aug ’19                15,720,819

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