With regard to Lehigh Valley International Airport, which codes are IATA: ABE, ICAO: KABE, FAA LID: ABE, is a local airport in Hanover Township, Lehigh Country in Pennsylvania. Airport parts are in Catasauqua and Allen Township, Pennsylvania, in Northampton County. This airport is located 3 miles, which is 5 km, northeast of Allentown, and 3.2 km, which is two miles, northwest of Bethlehem, in the Lehigh Valley area. This airport is the fourth busiest airport one in this state, after Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Harrisburg. This airport is categorized as a primary commercial service facility for 2017-2021 for the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems by The Federal Aviation Administration. However, in previous years, this airport was categorized as a "small hub."
With regard to passenger counts, in the early 2000s, there were a lot of problems with this regard, however after several years due to their facility improvements, the population increased, new routes added and in 2016 they had 688,505 enplanements, it was 2.2% more than in 2015, and in 2018 they had 792,974 passengers. With regard to steady growth, they had it 26 months long, and the passengers count for January 2019, from November was more than a total of 2018's passenger boardings. Allegiant Airlines' new base was the main reason why this happened because they are providing low-cost flights to stimulate economic growth in this territory.
The Capacity and Business Activity of the Airport
As for the capacity of this airport, their territory is 2,278 acres, which is 922 ha, at an elevation of 393 feet, which is 120m. There can be found two asphalt runways: 6/24, 7,599 by 150 feet (2,316 x 46 m), and another one 13/31 5,800 by 150 feet (1,768 x 46 m). The passenger can find nine gates for their services. For cargo aircraft, they have six holding sports. Amazon Prime Air Boeing 767s fly in and fly out for this airport wish Boeing 757 cargo aircraft.
With regard to aircraft operations, in the calendar year ending September 30, 2017, they had 84,901 operations. The average of those operations per day was 233: <1% was military, 10% commercial airline, 11% air taxi, and 78% general aviation. As for aircraft, which were based at this airport: it was one helicopter, 49 jet, ten multi-engine, 64 single-engine, and in total 124 in February 2018. As for the freight or mail-in June 2017, this airport handled more than 183,000,000 pounds, which is 83,000,000 kg. This airport's authority also serves two nearby general aviation airports, which are Queen City Airport and Braden Airpark.
This airport is becoming more and more accessible for the transportation of air cargo because of the growth of e-commerce and population growth as well on the East Coast. With regard to statistics, in 2016, their shipment was more than 126 million pounds annually, and the increase was more than 166% compared to the previous year. Amazon.com and FedEx grounds are using this airport, which is a significant factor why this airport grows.
Airport's location is beneficial as well. Philadelphia International Airport is about 75 miles, which is 121 km. From the Newark Liberty International Airport, it is 80 miles, which is 130 km, and from Trenton-Mercer Airport is 55 miles, which is 89 km. This airport is famous for flights to New York City.
History and Present-day Operations
Lehigh Valley International Airport started operating in 1929, and it is one of the few airports in the United States which has not changed its place, and they have their original location. The flights began on September 16, 1935, and the airplanes were United Airlines Boeing 247s. They did not have a passenger terminal, and the airport hangar served as a terminal. A works Projects Administration project built the first terminal building in 1938. U.S. The Navy V-5 flight training program happened at the airport during World War II. They conducted this to teach students from Muhlenberg College.