Valley airport gets little business from Super Bowl travel

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Few football fans got to MetLife Stadium via LVIA.
Few football fans got to MetLife Stadium via LVIA.

Though they tried to cash in on spillover business from Sunday’s massive sporting event, the Super Bowl in nearby New Jersey, Lehigh Valley’s airport did not win big.

"We had about 10 extra aircraft on the general aviation side," said Darren Betters, director of business and commercial services for Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority. "Obviously, it wasn't as big as we hoped."

The Super Bowl was held in East Rutherford, N.J., about 95 miles from the airport.

Officials at Lehigh Valley International Airport in Hanover Township, Lehigh County, were seeking to generate business for Super Bowl travelers in smaller, private aircraft and had space for 100 aircraft to land. The great unknown was how much traffic the airport would be getting.

New York and New Jersey airports, including Teterboro, also were not as busy as expected, Betters said.

Brian Pedersen

Brian Pedersen

Reporter Brian Pedersen covers construction, development, warehousing and real estate and keeps you up to date on the changing landscape of our community. He can be reached at brianp@lvb.com or 610-807-9619, ext. 108. Follow him on Twitter @BrianLehigh and read his blog, “Can You Dig It,” at http://www.lvb.com/section/can-you-dig-it.

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