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News Article - January 16, 2008

PASSENGER LEVEL AT LEHIGH VALLEY AIRPORT HIGHEST IN 3 YEARS  
  The Lehigh Valley International Airport has seen a 7 percent increase in traffic in 2007. The increase marked the highest passenger totals since 2004. People said it's much more convenient than traveling out of Philadelphia or Newark. According to airport officials, 847,000 passengers flew in and out of LVIA last year -- the most since 2004 and officials mostly credit Florida-bound travelers for the upswing. "I love this place -- it's quiet," one traveler said. "It's easy. It's comfortable," another traveler said.

   While expanding service to places like Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando and Tampa has attracted many vacationers and frequent fliers like Bill Swyer, who travels weekly to Charlotte, said it's convenience that keeps them coming back. "What's great for me is when I land here I'm about 10 minutes from my family," Swyer said. While the airport saw modest gains, officials said projections for next year aren't as hopeful. A bunch of small discount carriers have come and gone and in the last year the airport has lost two key connections -- one to Pittsburgh another to Boston. "Parking in Philly is wretched and people are not as nice. I live five minutes away. As long as fees are reasonable this place will work," traveler Nick Romano said.

Source - NBC10



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