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Record-breaking Summer

Record-breaking Summer

September 27, 2022

282,852 passengers traveled through ABE from June – August

(Hanover Township, PA) – The surge of air travelers in April and May were only a precursor to an impending wave of passengers flying through Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE) during one of the busiest summer vacation seasons in recent history.

From June – August, 282,852 passengers used ABE – compared to the 267,508 travelers at the Airport in the summer of 2021.

“Extremely busy, that’s the best way to describe the last three months at your neighborhood airport.  Indications of strong airline bookings and predictions by industry experts for heavy volumes of travelers taking to the skies certainly came to fruition,” said Thomas R. Stoudt, Executive Director, LNAA.

Month             Passengers              Percentage increase           Month                 Passengers

Aug. ’22               92,799                               13.5%                       Aug. ’21                   81,759

By the numbers, Allegiant increased 33.7%, American jumped 13.2%, and United moved up 6%.  Delta passenger traffic declined 23% from last August.

“Typically, the next few months slow down which allows us to catch our breath before the holiday rush begins.  We’re so proud of the entire ABE staff for facing challenges and remaining dedicated to delivering the highest level of customer service,” said Stoudt.

The TSA Checkpoint / Terminal Connector Project at ABE has surpassed the 50-percent mark for overall completion.  This $31-million infrastructure investment elevates the passenger experience by delivering the following enhancements: up to (4) TSA security checkpoint screening lanes, improved vertical circulation equipment, shorter walking distances with separation of arriving and departing passengers, and enhanced air purification systems.

“Everyone can see the pieces of the construction puzzle coming together.  It really puts in perspective what the traveler is going to experience in 2023,” said Ryan Meyer, Director of Planning and Programming, LNAA.

18,380,309 pounds of air cargo was processed through Lehigh Valley International Airport in August – a decrease of 14.1% from Aug. 2021.


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

Aug. ‘22            18,380,309                             14.1%                       Aug. ’21            21,409,498