More people using Lehigh Valley airport

January 16, 2008 8:29:19 AM PST
More passengers are using Lehigh Valley International Airport.

Officials say passenger traffic rose 7.5 percent in 2007, rebounding from drops the previous two years - but still short of an initial forecast of a 14 percent increase.

More than 847,500 people flew into and out of LVIA, but traffic was down in December, due largely to the weather. Snow and ice led to flight cancellations locally and nationwide.

The airport has seen declines in passenger levels on several of its major airlines over the past few years, including US Airways and Delta. It has also lost business from several low-fare carriers that have come and gone. LVIA lost nonstop service to Pittsburgh in May and to Boston in 2008.

The airport's 2008 budget calls for a 3 percent to 4 percent increase in traffic.

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Information from: The Morning Call, http://www.mcall.com

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