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Passenger traffic continues to climb at LVIA

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Lehigh Valley International Airport has seen passenger traffic increases for 16 consecutive months. (File photo by Marco Calderon)
Lehigh Valley International Airport has seen passenger traffic increases for 16 consecutive months. (File photo by Marco Calderon)

Passenger travel is up for the 16th consecutive month at Lehigh Valley International Airport.

Officials reported that 54,895 passengers traveled through the airport in the month of January, a 3.23 percent increase over January 2018.

Passenger traffic has had positive growth each month since October 2017.

“Winter weather always keeps us on our toes, and even with some flight cancellations due to mother nature ABE posted a strong start to the travel year,” Thomas R. Stoudt, executive director of the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority, said in a statement.

Breaking the numbers down by airline, the airport said American reported a total passenger increase of 20.9 percent. Delta was up 5.4 percent.

Meanwhile, Allegiant and United both had declines in traffic. Allegiant was down 7 percent and United was down 4 percent. An airport spokesperson said the declines were mostly because of weather-related flight cancellations.

Stoudt said he expects continued growth, as the airport is adding three new routes this year

They include flights to Chicago being offered by American starting in April. Allegiant, meanwhile, will begin offering flights to Nashville on May 17, and to Savannah/Hilton Head on June 8.

The airport in Hannover Township, Lehigh County, saw nearly 800,000 passengers last year.

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