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Strong September

October 19th, 2022 |

68,531 passengers traveled through ABE

(Hanover Township, PA) – The end of summer travel didn’t slow down September passenger activity at Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE).

Last month, 68,531 passengers traveled through ABE – a 38.9% increase from September 2021.

“Using pre-pandemic travel as the baseline, the Airport surpassed September 2019 passenger traffic numbers – which was the highest since 2010 for this specific month.  It’s a great indication that demand continues to be strong, and people are choosing the convenience of ABE,” said Thomas R. Stoudt, Executive Director, LNAA.

Month             Passengers                Percentage increase          Month              Passengers

Sept. ’22               68,531                                 38.9%                    Sept. ’21                  49,330

By the numbers, Allegiant increased 65.5%, United jumped 67%, and American moved up 38%. Delta passenger traffic declined 13% from last September.

“Another hectic holiday season is projected for airports across the country.  We encourage air travelers to book their holiday flights as early as possible with ticket prices on the rise and airlines facing capacity challenges due to pilot and aircraft limitations,” said Stoudt.

The TSA Checkpoint / Terminal Connector Project at ABE has surpassed the 60-percent mark for overall completion.  This $32-million infrastructure investment elevates the passenger experience by delivering the following enhancements: up to (4) passenger security screening lanes, improved vertical circulation equipment, shorter walking distances with separation of arriving and departing passengers, and enhanced air purification.

“Construction crews recently poured the remaining floor of the future TSA Checkpoint area and the installation of new escalators and elevators are scheduled over the coming weeks,” said Ryan Meyer, Director of Planning and Programming, LNAA.

16,872,674 pounds of air cargo was processed through Lehigh Valley International Airport in September – an increase of 2.4% from Sept. 2021.

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

Sept. ‘22            16,872,674                             2.4%                     Sept. ’21         16,477,121



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