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Rise in October

Rise in October

November 19, 2020

35,995 passengers travel through ABE

(Hanover Township, PA) – For only the second time since COVID-19 severely impacted commercial air travel earlier this year, Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE) experienced a significant rise in passenger traffic during October.

Last month, 35,995 passengers traveled through ABE – a 53.7 percent decline from Oct. 2019. 

“A rise of 10,000 passengers versus last month (September) is uplifting even as the pandemic presents new challenges with the change of seasons. It also potentially indicates the growing trust and confidence that flying from your neighborhood airport remains a very safe option,” 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

Oct. ’20                35,995                                 53.7%                    Oct. ’19                   66,854

By the numbers, United reported a passenger traffic decrease of 75%, Delta dropped 71%, American declined by 50.7%, and Allegiant was down 33.3%.

“Although holiday travel is projected to be down from normal levels this year, airlines at ABE are adding capacity. Delta is adding a second flight to Atlanta next month and United will begin service to Washington Dulles International Airport in December. Allegiant and American are operating at near normal schedules which certainly has your neighborhood airport positioned for success,” said Stoudt.

16,422,421 pounds of air cargo was processed through Lehigh Valley International Airport in October – a positive jump of 15.7% from October 2019.

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

Oct. ‘20            16,422,421                             15.7%                     Oct. ’19                14,196,140