Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority (LNAA) has broken ground on Hangar 11 at Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE) in Pennsylvania, US.

The new hanger, which will cover an area of approximately 54,000ft², has been designed to house all types of general aviation aircraft.

Constructed with an investment of $16.3m, the facility will be able to accommodate the newer line of corporate jets that weigh up to 100,000 pounds, such as Gulfstream 650.

Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority executive director Thomas Stoudt said: “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.”

The first hangar was built at ABE in 2006. Now, the airport authority secured a $6m grant from the PennDOT Bureau of Aviation to boost the financial feasibility in developing this project.

“We feel strongly that Hangar 11 will be an attraction for more aircraft making their home in the Lehigh Valley.”

The hanger will be suitable for both corporate and general aviation aircraft.

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PennDOT Bureau of Aviation director Anthony McCloskey said: “The Bureau of Aviation continuously supports aviation throughout the state of Pennsylvania from our General Aviation airports to our Commercial Airports.

“The Hangar 11 project is another great example of providing and expanding opportunities for the airport and local community to grow in conjunction with spurring and attracting economic growth in the Lehigh Valley.”

At present, ABE has 120 based aircraft. The construction of Hangar 11 is expected to last ten months and is slated to become operational by next year.

The LNAA Board of Governors selected Grace Industries as general contractor, Boro Construction as the electrical contractor, Guy M Cooper as the plumbing contractor, and Shannon A Smith as the HVAC contractor.