Thode said July was not a good month for the airport, with traffic off more than 29 percent compared to July 2011.

"But if the accounting of passengers was consistent with the past – in other words, not counting those 2,250 bus passengers to Newark – the number of people actually getting on an airplane at A-B-E would have been off almost 32 percent compared to a year earlier," said Thode. "I’m just curious as to why we are now counting bus passengers as air travelers."

Also during the meeting, it was announced that an ad hoc committee is being organized by board member Cindy Feinberg to create a vision for the future of Queen City Airport in south Allentown.

Feinberg said the committee will have about 10 members, hold its first meeting in early October and meet monthly. She said it will report to the board around January. She promised it will be a very open process, which will include at least one community meeting to obtain the public’s ideas on how to make Queen City "the best general aviation facility possible."

The authority recently decided not to attempt to sell all or part of Queen City to help pay off its own $16 million legal obligation.