Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE) has begun construction on a new 54,000-sq-ft heated hangar for general aviation aircraft. The $16.3 million, Hangar 11 project, the first aircraft shelter to be added at the airport in more than a decade, will accommodate the latest ultra-long-range business jets. The Allentown-area airport has approximately 120 based aircraft, including nearly 30 jets.
“There is high demand for hangar space in the Northeast Corridor, and we have the land available to make this important infrastructure investment and feel strongly that Hangar 11 will be an attraction for more aircraft making their home in the Lehigh Valley,” noted Thomas Stoudt, executive director of the Lehigh-Northhampton Airport Authority.
When completed in summer 2019, the addition, which will be managed by the airport-operated FBO Lehigh Valley Aviation Services, will bring the total general aviation hangar space at ABE to more than 308,000 sq ft. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Aviation provided the authority with a $6 million grant to help cover the cost of the construction.