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September Slow Down

September Slow Down

October 26, 2021

Two (2) planned closures for Runway 6-24 rehabilitation reduce passenger traffic 

(Hanover Township, PA) – With no flights over 72-hours and 54-hours due to two separate airfield closures for critical pavement work within the intersection of Runway 6-24 and Runway 13-31, Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE) reported a slow down of passenger traffic in September.

49,330 passengers used ABE last month – a 93% percent increase from September 2020.

“We really appreciate the understanding and patience of passengers while the airport upgraded our biggest asset – the primary runway. Thanks to a high level of coordination between the Airport, commercial airlines (Allegiant, American, Delta, United), air cargo carriers, stakeholders, and tenants, runway construction crews accomplished their mission and anticipate no further closures should be necessary,” said Thomas R. Stoudt, Executive Director, LNAA.

Month             Passengers                Percentage increase      Month               Passengers

Sept. ’21              49,330                                 93.11%                  Sept. ’20                25,545

By the numbers, United reported a massive passenger traffic increase of 934%, Delta jumped 286%, Allegiant moved up 65%, and American finished 15% ahead of last September.

With the holiday travel season approaching fast, ABE wants to remind passengers:

16,477,121 pounds of air cargo was processed through Lehigh Valley International Airport in September – a moderate increase of 3.32% from Sept. 2020.

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

Sept. ‘21           16,477,121                             3.32%                     Sept. ’20            15,947,872