Major Surge in May
June 16, 2021
71,512 passengers traveled safely through ABE last month
(Hanover Township, PA) – Air travel has returned with a major surge of passenger traffic across the country, including at Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE).
71,512 passengers used ABE last month – a 445.6 percent increase from May 2020.
“Industry experts predicted a resurgence, but the pace has certainly been faster than those projections. After all the impacts airports experienced during the pandemic, the heavy volume of passengers is a welcome sight to see,” said Thomas R. Stoudt, Executive Director, LNAA.
Month Passengers Percentage increase Month Passengers
May ’21 71,512 445.6% May ’20 13,107
By the numbers, Delta reported a massive passenger traffic increase of 3,793%, United jumped 2,106%, Allegiant moved up 283%, and American finished 245% ahead of last May.
Important for travelers: To ensure you don’t miss your flight, we advise all passengers departing between 5:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. to arrive at least 2 hours (industry standard) before their morning flight to ensure processing through the TSA checkpoint in enough time to reach your gate for on-time boarding. The TSA checkpoint opens at 3:30 a.m. daily.
“We are anticipating an extremely busy summer travel season over the next few months as airline capacity is back to pre-pandemic levels. Passengers should allow for extra time at the TSA Checkpoint when using ABE to the ensure a more enjoyable experience during this period of increased activity,” said Stoudt.
18,113,022 pounds of air cargo was processed through Lehigh Valley International Airport last month – a minimal decline of 15.34% from May 2020.
Month CARGO (lbs) Percentage decrease Month CARGO (lbs)
May ‘21 18,113,022 15.34% May ’20 21,394,002