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Strong February before expected COVID-19 fallout

Strong February before expected COVID-19 fallout

March 20, 2020

21% increase in passenger traffic just before March pandemic

(Hanover Township, PA) – In the midst of an unprecedented health emergency, Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE) remains vigilant to ensure a healthy and safe environment to prevent COVID-19 transmission throughout LNAA facilities.

If you must use air travel, the Airport Authority requests you practice good personal hygiene. LNAA staff are working diligently to disinfect work spaces / heavy traffic areas and raising the level of COVID-19 awareness, so we can help reduce human-to-human transmission.

“The Airport supports efforts by our federal, state, and local leaderhip as we continue this ongoing fight against COVID-19.  Since late January, the LNAA has been monitoring, adapting, and implementing procedures with the focus of keeping passengers, staff, and stakeholders safe,” said Thomas R. Stoudt, Executive Director, LNAA.

In February, 70,732 passengers traveled through ABE  – a 21.37 percent increase from Feb. ’19 – which extended a streak of 29 consecutive months of positive passenger increases.

Month              Passengers                Percentage increase        Month               Passengers

Feb. ‘20               70,732                                 21.37%                   Feb. ’19                   58,276

By the numbers, Allegiant reported a significant passenger traffic increase of 51%, while American jumped 9.3% and United was up 3.5%. Meanwhile, Delta slightly declined in traffic for the month by 1.0%

“There’s plenty of uncertaining regarding a potential end date of this health crisis, but airports across the country have already experienced the severe impact of this pandemic on the aviation industry. I want to ensure the Lehigh Valley and surrounding communities that your neighborhood airport is strong.  It is certainly not the first challenge in our nearly 91 years of operation, and it probably won’t be the last. We will support each other through this crisis, and construct a pathway for recovery,” said Stoudt.