Lehigh Valley Airport sees drastic drop in riderships for flights in and out of the area
Written by Victoria Scialfa on March 31, 2020
Lehigh Valley Airport sees drastic drop in riderships for flights in and out of the area. Airport officials say they are trying to keep employees on staff for as long as possible
By K.C. Lopez
March 31, 2020
The ripple effects of COVID19 are spreading into the airline industry. Here in the Lehigh Valley, the impact is apparent. As WLVR’s K.C. Lopez reports, there’s been a significant decrease in passengers at Lehigh Valley International Airport.
The Lehigh-Northampton airport typically sees about sixteen hundred daily passengers. Todd Stoudt is the airport’s executive director. He says now less than a hundred people are flying through each day.
“You can see our ticket counters, our terminals are empty. You can see our parking lots are empty. And walking down to the checkpoint, you can see the dramatic reduction,” said Stoudt.
Stoudt says the dramatic decrease in passengers at Lehigh Valley International Airport is in line with what airports across the nation are reporting as the Coronavirus pandemic continues.
“The one common question that we hear is what about the staff? What about the employees? And I want to assure everyone that the employees are safe. We are working smart. We are employing the recommended measures to protect one another, and protect the traveling public through the airport.”
E-commerce is helping keep business in flight. Amazon Air, a large cargo carrier using Lehigh Valley International Airport says they intend to hire 100 thousand new employees in its logistics network across the country to meet a new surge in demand. It comes as Amazon warehouse employees in New York just threatened to strike over the company’s handling of coronavirus concerns.