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Lehigh Valley International Airport reports highest passenger traffic in five years

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Lehigh Valley International Airport (file photo)
Lehigh Valley International Airport (file photo)

Lehigh Valley International Airport is drawing in more passengers, with a nearly 10 percent increase in December, while cargo transported at the airport soared by 64.5 percent last year.

The Hanover Township, Lehigh County, airport reported its latest passenger data, showing a boost in passenger traffic, reaching its highest annual level since 2012.

“While this is a modest jump in passenger traffic, it’s our third straight year of increased passenger activity, which keeps momentum going into 2018 as the airport welcomes additional flights to our current leisure destinations,” said Thomas Stoudt, interim executive director of the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority, in a statement.

The airport reported an 8.2 percent increase in passenger traffic in December as compared to December 2016.

In 2017, the airport authority reported 692,154 passengers traveling through LVIA, a 0.5 percent increase from 2016.

One of the strongest months of last year was October, when passenger traffic jumped by 19.6 percent compared to October 2016.

The growth in passenger traffic follows the announcement this month of 50 additional Allegiant flights at LVIA, as well as the growth in air cargo activity driven by the boom in e-commerce.

Last year, air cargo volume increased significantly at LVIA. The airport processed 207,181,968 pounds of air cargo through the airport, 64.5 percent more than January through December 2016.

“In general, it’s a good sign for the airport,” said Colin Riccobon, public information officer for LNAA. “I think this is a sign we are going up. It’s a busy time of year to travel. People are getting great customer service, great air service to the hubs.”

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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. 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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