Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE) has been awarded $1.7m by the Aviation Transportation Assistance Program.

Lehigh Valley is one of ten airports to share $10m in state investments intended to enhance aviation operations, safety, and security for passengers. The airport will use its share of the grant to continue the Terminal Connector/Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Checkpoint Project.

With completion expected in 2023, the project is costing an estimated $32m and will deliver the following upgrades at ABE: a four-lane security checkpoint with new equipment provided by the TSA; new vertical circulation equipment with redundancy to enhance ADA compliance (Americans with Disabilities Act Standards for Accessible Design); a state-of-the-art air purification system and improved air circulation; and the separation of outbound and inbound passenger flow

Pennsylvania has 121 public-use aviation facilities, including airports, heliports, and seaplane bases, and these new investments will expand aviation-related operational and economic opportunities state-wide.

“Aviation plays a vital role in keeping our state’s economy moving,” Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf said. “These investments will help Pennsylvania’s airports operate safely, expand to meet current demands, and sustain growth well into the future.”