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Passenger traffic increases nearly 20 percent at LVIA

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A runway at Lehigh Valley International Airport. (File)
A runway at Lehigh Valley International Airport. (File)

The Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority said its passenger traffic at Lehigh Valley International Airport showed a 19.6 percent increase in October, compared to a year ago.

The authority reported 67,261 passengers traveling through the Hanover Township, Lehigh County-based airport in October, as compared to 58,198 in October 2016.

“The increase indicates that passengers continue enjoying quality air service options, affordability, convenience, comfort and a family-friendly environment while traveling through ABE,” said Thomas Stoudt, interim executive director for LNAA, in a statement.

Several factors contributed to the successful increase in passenger traffic, said Colin Riccobon, public information officer for LNAA.

“Customer service from our perspective has been good,” Riccobon said. “It’s a variety of factors. It’s a great sign for the airport to finish the year on such a high note and we’ve got two more months left.”

The introduction of the multi-modal transportation center at the airport and restoration of ride-share operations have also helped increase passenger traffic and enhanced the customer experience, Riccobon said.

In September, there was a decrease in traffic, largely because of the large storms that caused cancellations for many flights, he added.

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Brian Pedersen

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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. 4108. 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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