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Traffic Marches Upward

April 18th, 2023 |

78,550 passengers traveled through ABE in March

(Hanover Township, PA) – Heavy spring break travel and a mild winter certainly helped passenger traffic at Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE) in March.

Last month, 78,550 passengers traveled through ABE – highest total for March since 2004.

“Snow and ice only landed at ABE a few times, as Mother Nature delivered a gentle winter season. Demand for Spring Break getaways remained high during the month. Thank you to all the passengers from across the Lehigh Valley and surrounding region for choosing us,” said Thomas R. Stoudt, Executive Director, Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority (LNAA).

Month             Passengers              Percentage increase          Month                 Passengers

Mar. ’23               78,550                               7.3%                        Mar. ’22                   73,196

By the numbers, American increased 44.4%, United jumped 27.7%, and Allegiant moved up 9.7%.  Delta passenger traffic declined 32% from last March.

“Air travelers should be preparing their summer vacation plans, with airline ticket prices rising and aircraft capacity levels continuing to be affected by the ongoing pilot shortage,” said Stoudt.

Construction Update: A major infrastructure improvement arrives later this year with the new TSA Checkpoint and Terminal Connector reaching 86% of completion. This $35-million infrastructure investment will deliver the following enhancements for passengers:

  • Capacity for (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

Travel reminder: Nonstop service to Denver, Colorado aboard Allegiant Air begins June 15th. Visit to book your trip today.

23,650,724 pounds of air cargo was processed through Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE) in March – an increase of 31.7% from Mar. 2022.

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

Mar. ‘23             23,650,724                             31.7%                      Mar. ’22             17,950,331


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