Lehigh Valley International Airport reported increased passenger traffic for June, showing a nearly 25 percent jump from June 2018 and marking the highest June passenger numbers for LVIA since 2004.
The airport in Hanover Township, Lehigh County, reported 89,609 passengers in June, a 23.43 percent increase from the 72,600 passengers it had in June 2018. In June 2004 the
airport had 92,637 passengers
Each of the airport’s four carriers showed increases last month. United Airlines reported a total passenger increase of 38.7 percent over June 2018. In addition, American Airlines posted a 28.6 percent increase, followed by Allegiant, which was up 26.22 percent, and Delta Airlines, up 9 percent, according to the data.
Several factors are fueling the passenger increase during the popular summer travel season.
They include the addition of new routes and a generally strong economy, said Colin Riccobon, spokesperson for the Lehigh and Northampton Airport Authority, the group that owns and operates the airport.
“We are hoping for a strong July,” Riccobon added. “We have added some routes and destinations that have piqued people’s interest.”
Those routes include fight to Nashville and Savannah/Hilton Head Island, as well as additional flights to Chicago.