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Hopeful for a Takeoff in Travel

February 25, 2021

23,545 passengers traveled through ABE in January

(Hanover Township, PA) – Twelve months ago, passenger traffic exploded to kickoff 2020 at Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE). As a result of COVID-19 and the pandemic’s impact on commercial travel across the country, history did not repeat itself.

23,545 passengers used ABE in January 2021 – a 61.6 percent decline from Jan. 2020. 

“We remain optimistic that a turnaround is on the horizon as 2021 progresses. Vaccinations and the enhanced safety protocols throughout the aviation system have built a foundation of trust with travelers. These two elements are instrumental in our return to normalcy for the industry,” 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

Jan. ’21               23,545                                 61.6%                     Jan. ’20                61,309

By the numbers, Delta reported a passenger traffic decrease of 66.5%, United dropped 66.3%, Allegiant declined by 59.4%, and American was down 58%.

“Airline capacity levels continue to increase at ABE, as popular nonstop routes are returning to multiple flights per day. For example, American has resumed service to Chicago (O’Hare), Delta will bring back its second daily flight to Atlanta, and United is scheduled to return service to Chicago in March. All of these decisions provide options for Lehigh Valley travelers,” said Stoudt.

17,760,500 pounds of air cargo was processed through Lehigh Valley International Airport in January – a positive jump of 9.64% from Jan. 2020.

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

Jan. ‘21            17,760,500                             9.64%                     Jan. ’20             16,198,236