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January 18, 2023

Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE) surpasses 2019 passenger traffic 

(Hanover Township, PA) – Two words describe the last twelve months of air travel at Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE): strong and steady.

“Early indications from bookings and flight schedules had us all preparing for a busy year, and that’s certainly what happened. Post-pandemic passenger traffic returned to ABE sooner than industry forecasts,” said Thomas R. Stoudt, Executive Director, Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority (LNAA).  

912,256 passengers traveled through ABE in 2022 – a 21.2 percent increase from 2021 – surpassing the 2019 total of 911,970.

Calendar Year        Passengers      Percentage increase      Calendar Year        Passengers

2022                     912,256                       21.2%                          2021                   752,111

“2022 produced plenty of accomplishments for Airport staff and stakeholders. We served over ¼ of a million people during the busiest summer travel season in recent history, added Landline Bus Service through American Airlines and United Airlines (AA to Philadelphia, with UA to Newark), implemented a new system for passengers to check TSA Security Checkpoint Wait Times, and made significant progress on infrastructure improvements,” said Stoudt.

Elevating the Customer Experience in 2023!

The TSA Checkpoint / Terminal Connector Project at ABE has surpassed the 70-percent mark for overall completion, with the opening expected in June. This $35-million infrastructure investment delivers the following enhancements:

“This project gives everyone a more convenient route from ticket counter to takeoff,” said Stoudt.

It was another record setting year for air cargo at ABE, with 237,945,266 pounds processed in 2022 – a 2.4% increase from 2021.