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:
- All passengers departing from ABE should arrive at least 2 hoursbefore their scheduled departure time to ensure processing through the TSA checkpoint so you don’t miss your flight.
- Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requires face masks for all individuals while at transportation hubs – including ABE through at least January 18, 2022.
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