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June 24th, 2024 |

Highest passenger traffic for May since 2004

(Hanover Township, PA) – With the busiest travel season ready for takeoff, Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE) is already experiencing a pre-summer surge inside the terminal.

Last month, 85,243 passengers used ABE – a 16.5% increase from May 2023.

“Air travelers across the Lehigh Valley took advantage of a higher seat capacity in the market. Allegiant Air started nonstop service to Orlando International Airport (MCO) and American Airlines added more trips using Landline Bus Service to Philadelphia. Summertime is always very busy at ABE, and we anticipate that trend will hold true in the next few months,” said Thomas R. Stoudt, Executive Director, Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority (LNAA).

Month               Passengers             Percentage Increase          Month                 Passengers

May ’24                 85,243                                 16.5%                      May ’23                  73,192

By the numbers, Allegiant increased 31.7% and American passenger traffic jumped 16.8%. Meanwhile, Delta remained flat and United decreased 17% from last May.

Here are some travel tips to remember:

  • Give yourself extra time to process through the TSA Checkpoint
  • Visit or @askTSA with any general questions or to arrange travel with special circumstances
  • If you are traveling with children, double-check their carry-on bags to ensure there aren’t any prohibited items
  • Passengers under the age of 18 years-old do not need travel identification if accompanied by a companion
  • Boarding begins 30 to 45-minutes prior to departure
  • Checked bags will not be accepted less than 30-minutes before departure

18,801,132 pounds of air cargo was processed through Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE) in April – a decrease of 17.1% from May 2023.

Month             CARGO (lbs.)             Percentage Decrease         Month            CARGO (lbs.)

May ‘24             18,801,132                            (17.1%)                     May ’23             22,684,265

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