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December 21, 2020

30,367 passengers travel through ABE

(Hanover Township, PA) – Air travelers in the Lehigh Valley responded to recommendations by public health officials to stay home for the Thanksgiving holiday, as Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE) posted a decrease in passenger traffic during November.

Last month, 30,367 passengers traveled through ABE – a 57.29 percent decline from Nov. 2019. 

“In comparison to last year, ABE experienced an approximate 53% decrease in Thanksgiving week travelers. We continue to anticipate that passenger traffic numbers will be driven by the ongoing pandemic and any prevention restrictions implemented for public safety,” 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:

Month             Passengers                Percentage decrease      Month         Passengers

Nov. ’20               30,367                                 57.29%                  Nov. ’19                   71,098

By the numbers, Delta reported a passenger traffic decrease of 68.2%, United dropped 64%, American declined by 55.3%, and Allegiant was down 49%.

“Air service options from your neighborhood airport remain strong for the region, as most carriers are keeping capacity levels near normal but are always subject to change. With all of the challenges in 2020, ABE is really excited to celebrate the takeoff of daily flights to Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) in December,” said Stoudt.

17,152,686 pounds of air cargo was processed through Lehigh Valley International Airport in October – a positive jump of 4.8% from November 2019.

Month             CARGO (lbs)              Percentage increase       Month         CARGO (lbs)

Nov. ‘20            17,152,686                             4.84%                     Nov. ’19                16,360,253