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LVIA adds Allegiant flights, cites strong passenger growth

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A view of Lehigh Valley International Airport in Hanover Township, Lehigh County.
STEVE WILLIAMS/FLIGHTQUEST Aerial Photography/ A view of Lehigh Valley International Airport in Hanover Township, Lehigh County.

Lehigh Valley International Airport of Hanover Township, Lehigh County, said it now offers 50 additional flights from Allegiant.

“The reason we are seeing some of this is, they have been serving ABE for about 12 years,” said Thomas Stoudt, interim executive director, Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority. “I think because we have that strong partnership, they’ve made a commitment to add those additional flights. They recognize what they can offer here in the Lehigh Valley and how well that’s received.”

From LVIA (also known as ABE), Allegiant provides service to Orlando/Sanford (SFB), Tampa /St. Petersburg (PIE), Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Punta Gorda (PGD) and Myrtle Beach (MYR).

The airport will offer these additional departures to those destinations through May. In April, it will be begin seasonal service to Myrtle Beach, Stoudt said.

Though the airport has not finalized its December passenger traffic figures, the airport expects to finish the year strong. As an example, Allegiant’s passenger traffic from November is up 25 percent over November 2016, Stoudt said.

“When a carrier makes a commitment to an airport, it sees something attractive in our region,” Stoudt said.

The airport has four carriers and is always looking to add more, he said.

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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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