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Summer Travel Rebound

Summer Travel Rebound

September 16, 2021

267,508 passengers traveled through ABE from June – August

(Hanover Township, PA) – Following a steep decline in 2020 of summer travelers due to  COVID-19 concerns, Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE) rebounded with passenger traffic reaching pre-pandemic levels.  From June – August, 267,508 passengers used ABE – compared to the 274,431 travelers at the Airport in the summer of 2019.

“It’s a travel surge that most industry experts didn’t predict, and certainly challenged airport staff, TSA, airlines, food and beverage concessions, and our facilities. I’m extremely proud of the entire airport team as everyone ensured an enjoyable customer experience. Thank you to the passengers for choosing us for their vacations and leisure getaways in 2021,” said Thomas R. Stoudt, Executive Director, LNAA.

Month             Passengers                Percentage increase      Month                    Passengers

Aug. ’21               81,759                                 225%                    Aug. ’20                   25,116

By the numbers, United reported a massive passenger traffic increase of 1,180%, Delta jumped 469%, Allegiant moved up 207%, and American finished 91% ahead of last August.

ABE has two scheduled airfield closures for Runway 6-24 reconstruction in September (17th – 19th and the 28th – 30th ) which prohibits all fixed-wing aircraft arrivals and departures.  The Airport will continue to serve helicopter activity during these closures.

“We will not have any flights arriving or departing the Airport during the 72-hour and 54-hour closure periods – respectively – in order to complete critical pavement work within the intersection of Runway 6-24 and Runway 13-31 as part of the $80+ million rehabilitation project,” said Stoudt.

Travel tip: Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requires face masks for all individuals while at transportation hubs – including your #neighborhoodairport through January 18, 2022.

21,409,498 pounds of air cargo was processed through Lehigh Valley International Airport in August – a significant increase of 44.5% from Aug. 2020.

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

Aug. ‘21            21,409,498                             44.5%                     Aug. ’20                14,818,293