The Climb Continues
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:
- Up to (4) TSA security checkpoint screening lanes
- Improved vertical circulation equipment (elevators and escalators)
- Shorter walking distances with separation of arriving and departing passengers
- Enhanced air purification systems
“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.