Lehigh Valley International Airport (formerly Allentown–Bethlehem–Easton International Airport) is a domestic airport in Hanover Township, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, United States. Parts are in Catasauqua and Allen Township, Northampton County, Pennsylvania.
ABE is 3 miles (5 km) northeast of Allentown, and two miles (3.2 km) northwest of Bethlehem, in the Lehigh Valley area. It is the fourth busiest airport in the state, after Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Harrisburg.
Airport Stats & Facts
- The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2019–2023, in which it is categorized as a non-hub primary commercial service facility. In previous years the FAA categorized the airport as a "small hub."
- After several years of falling passenger counts in the early 2000s, the airport has lately experienced a significant rebound in passenger totals due to being an alternative to the congested airports in Philadelphia and Newark.
Airport Traveling Tips
- Lehigh Valley Airport is busy during the morning hours between 4:00 am to 5:00 am and 10:00 to 11:00 am.
- Passengers are advised to arrive 3 hours before an international flight departure, and 2 hours before a domestic flight to account for any possible delays.
- Please take a look at the ABE Airport Map before visiting the airport for a flight.
Passenger Pickup and Drop-off
- For picking up a passenger, visitors can wait in the cell phone lot, or use the parking option.
- Passengers can be dropped off outside the terminal.
- For arriving flights: Arriving flight status provides Lehigh Allentown Airport arrival times, gate information, time to land, and delays.
- For departing flights: Departing flights status shows actual vs scheduled departure, map tracking, departure times, flight delays, and gate information.
- To get the best fares book a flight at ABE Airport here.
The airport has nine gates to service the passengers. The airport has six holding spots for cargo aircraft.
For more information, please refer to the ABE Terminal Map here.
ABE offers nonstop flights to leisure and business destinations aboard Allegiant, American, Delta and United Airlines. These nonstop destinations include: Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago O’Hare, Detroit, and many more.
View the full list of airlines served at ABE here.
Short-Term & Long-Term Parking
Parking at ABE is available at the terminal. From hourly to daily to long-term, and more, various parking options are available at the Lehigh Valley ABE Airport.
Daily maximum is $22.
Daily maximum is $79.
Many parking lots offer economical off-airport parking near Lehigh International Airport. Most of the off-site parking lots allow 24/7 access.
For ground transportation, passengers have a variety of options to choose from, after arriving at the airport. The various options include buses, car rentals, airport shuttles, etc. Many passengers also opt for ride services such as Uber, Lyft, and Taxis.
Car Rentals are easily available at ABE Airport. There are many car rental agencies onsite at the airport. Some of the well-known providers include Enterprise, Hertz, National, and more. They offer the passengers a great variety of vehicles to choose from.
Buses & Trains
For all the major nearby locations, public transportation is one of the most economical options and is easily available outside the airport.
Airport Shuttles are a wonderful way to travel from Lehigh ABE Airport. You can get a ride to almost any nearby location with the availability of various shuttle services.
Amenities & Services
To help you have an amazing stay, Lehigh Valley International provides visitors with different amenities and services including:
- Restaurants, cafes, and bars.
- Stores, gift shops, and local souvenir shops.
- Massage bars, and shoe shine stations.
- Free Wi-Fi internet throughout the airport..
- Multiple art installations and exhibits on display.
Address: 3311 Airport Rd., Allentown, PA 18109, USA
Phone: (610) 266-6000 or 1-800-359-5842
Lehigh Valley Airport: A Brief History Timeline
- Lehigh Valley Airport ABE opened in 1929 and is one of the few in the United States that serves its community from its original location. Scheduled airline flights began on September 16, 1935, by United Airlines Boeing 247s. The airport hangar served as the passenger terminal; the first terminal building at the airport was built in 1938, a Works Projects Administration project.
- During World War II the U. S. Navy V-5 flight training program was conducted at the airport in conjunction with ground training held at Muhlenberg College. In addition, Headquarters of Group 312 of the Civil Air Patrol was at Allentown–Bethlehem Airport.
- In 2012 Frontier Airlines started twice a week nonstop A319 flights to Orlando International Airport; they ended in 2013. Allegiant is now the only airline flying nonstop to Orlando, via the Orlando–Sanford International Airport (SFB).
- In 1960 Vice President Richard Nixon and Senator John F. Kennedy made campaign stops at ABE. President Bush visited ABE in 1992 with the VC-25 (747).
- Construction began on the present terminal in 1973 and the project, designed by Wallace & Watson, was completed in 1976.
- The most recent terminal renovations were done in two phases.
- On May 26, 2016, Solar Impulse 2 (SI2), piloted by Bertrand Piccard, completed the 13th leg (from Dayton, OH) of the first around the world (43,041 km) fuel-less flight by this solar-powered plane landing at ABE.
- On June 11, 2016, André Borschberg began the 14th leg (ABE to JFK – which included a dramatic Statue of Liberty flyover). While at ABE, an open house was held for public viewing of the SI2 aircraft.