Accessibility

Accessibility

Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) is committed to providing a variety of services and accessibility options for travelers with access and reduced mobility needs.  All of our customers shall experience fair and equitable treatment and top-notch services at CLE.

 


Wheelchair Assistance

Travelers who are in need of wheelchair assistance may arrange this service directly through your airline.  To ensure availability and timely service, it is strongly recommended to make your request of in advance. Wheelchair service may also be requested from the airline at the ticket counter or curbside counters on the day of travel. If using the Ground Transportation Center to access the Airport please see the mobility assist counter at the entrance to the terminal.

For wheelchair assistance please contact your airline.

Air Canada: 216-362-8810
Allegiant Air: 216-362-8810
American Airlines: 216-502-6661
Charters: 216-502-6661
Delta Air Lines: 216-502-7804
Frontier Airlines: 216-502-6661
JetBlue Airways: 216-502-6661
Southwest Airlines: 216-502-7804
Spirit Airlines: 216-362-8810 or 216-265-3707
United Airlines: 216-362-8810 or 216-265-3707
Vacation Express: 216-502-6661

 


Arriving at CLE

Wheelchair assistance is available for getting from your gate to the Baggage Claim area and to the curb.  Please request wheelchair assistance when making airline reservations.  This will ensure that the reservation becomes part of your reservation record.  Curbside loading areas for passengers and baggage are available on the Arrival/Baggage Claim Level.  Please note that vehicles are not allowed to stand or wait at the curb.  Unattended vehicles will be ticketed and towed at the owner’s expense.

 


Departing from CLE

Curbside unloading areas for passengers and baggage are available on the Departure Level. Skycaps are available to assist you in getting your baggage to the airline check-in area. If  you require assistance with baggage check-in, ticketing and movement to the gate area, please request assistance when making your airline reservation to ensure the request becomes part of your reservation record.  Please note that vehicles are not allowed to stand or wait at the curb.  Unattended vehicles will be ticketed and towed at the owner’s expense.

 


Taxicab Service

CLE’s on-demand taxi fleet currently has ADA lift-equipped vehicles. Please contact Standard Parking at 216-265-7816 in advance of your arrival time to ensure they are aware of your accessibility needs.

 

Car Rentals

CLE has a consolidated rental car facility located off the airport grounds. Shuttle service is available for all rental car customers from the main terminal to the rental car facility. Each shuttle is equipped with accessible lifts or ramps.  For travelers needing assistance, a telephone center with rental car information is located at the information counter on Baggage Claim level or contact the car rental company of your choice at one of the numbers listed within the link below:

View Rental Cars

 

Parking

On airport parking for passengers is available 24 hours a day including ADA designated parking spaces in all airport parking areas.  Vehicles properly displaying valid permit identification may use these space

Blue Lot
Brown Lot 
Orange Lot
Red Lot
Smart Park Garage

View Parking Info 

 


Passenger Security Screening

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is responsible for the security of airline passengers, their belongings and the aircraft.  TSA’s guide to airport passenger security screening for travelers with reduced mobility and medical conditions, please visit https://www.tsa.gov/travel/passenger-support

 


Wheelchair Accessible & Family Restrooms

Accessible restrooms are located throughout CLE terminals. Family restrooms can accommodate travelers who require companion care assistance.  Wheelchair accessible and Family restrooms can be found on the map below:

Departures/Ticketing
T – 2A

Arrivals/Baggage Claim
T – 12A
T – 14A

Concourse A
T – 6A
A – 4A

Concourse B
B – 4A

Concourse C
C – 4A
C – 6A


Mother’s Room

CLE Mother’s Room located in Concourse B across from gate B1.  The Mother’s Room is equipped with two separate rooms and also has a common area for well-behaved children to sit and wait. Each part of the room has comfortable seating and an outlet. A sink and changing table are located in the common area of the suite. 

To ensure privacy, the outside of the suite is monitored by security camera and moms wishing to enter simply dial Operations using our adjacent courtesy phone.


PET RELIEF AREA

Passengers who are traveling with pets or service animals can now utilize the convenience of the CLE Pet Relief Area. The pet relief area is at the north end of baggage claim, nearest to Carousel 1. The door is to the left of the USO. Pet waste pickup bags and a trash receptacle are available. Owners are asked to please clean up after their pets.

Pets, including dogs and other animals, are not allowed in the terminal except for:

  • An animal used by a law enforcement officer in the officer’s performance of duties
  • A seeing-eye dog escorting a visually impaired person, or other animal being used for assistance to disabled person
  • An animal that is being delivered to, or picked up from, an air carrier for transportation

 


Title VI Airport Nondiscrimination Program

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended (42 U.S.C.2000d) prohibits discrimination on the grounds of race, color or national origin. Title 49 of the U.S.C. section 47123, "Nondiscrimination" further prohibits recipients of FAA financial assistance from engaging in discrimination based on sex and religion. Additionally, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended (42 U.S.C. Section 6101 et seq.) prohibits discrimination against FAA program beneficiaries on the grounds of age.

Under these laws, Cleveland Airport is required to take affirmative action to ensure that there is nondiscrimination in all of its operations, including but not limited to:

  • Contracting and procurement activities and programs
  • Services provided by tenants, air carriers, concessionaires and fixed based operations
  • Employment activities related to programs receiving Federal financial assistance
  • Requirement to conspicuously display nondiscrimination posters at the airport, notifying the flying public of their rights
  • Obligation to address Limited English Proficiency (LEP) and Environmental Justice (EJ) in their planning and operation  
  • Participation as a member of a planning, advisory, or similar body which is an integral part of the program.
     

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)/Section 504 – Airport Disability Compliance Program

  • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. This act provides comprehensive civil rights protection to individuals with disabilities in the areas of employment, public accommodations, State and local government services, and telecommunications.

 

In accordance with ADA/Section 504, Cleveland Airport must ensure the following:

  • Meet all obligations with regard to regulatory requirements
  • Travelers with disabilities have access to the activities, programs, and services that our airport provides to all travelers
  • Increase awareness of accessible air travel for people with disabilities

    CLEVELAND AIRPORT SYSTEM ADA COMPLAINT PROCEDURE

    In accordance with the requirements of Title II of the ADA, Cleveland Airport System (CAS) will not discriminate against qualified individuals on the basis of disability in it services, programs or activities.

    The grievance procedure has been established to meet the requirements of the ADA.  It may be used by anyone who wishes to file a complaint alleging discrimination on the basis of disability in the provision of services, activities, programs, employment, benefits or facilities of CAS, its tenants or service providers.

    The complaint should be in writing and containing information about the alleged discrimination, including name, address and phone number of Complainant, date and description of the problem.  To file your grievance, you may use the ADA Complaint Form located at the bottom of this page.  Alternative means of filing complaints, such as personal interviews or a tape recording of the complaint will be made available for persons with disabilities, upon request.  A separate ADA Complaint Form should be filed for each alleged act of discrimination.

    The complaint should be submitted by the Complainant, or his/her designee, as soon as possible but no later than one hundred eighty (180) days after the alleged violation to:

    Herlinda J. Bradley
    Manager, Office of Compliance and Inclusion
    Title VI/ADA Compliance Coordinator
    Cleveland Airport System
    5300 Riverside Drive
    PO Box 81009
    Cleveland, Ohio 44181-0009

     
    The ADA Coordinator may also be reached by telephone at 216-265-6791 or fax at 216-265-6021 or by at hbradley@clevelandairport.com.

    After receipt of a complaint, the ADA Coordinator will work with appropriate CAS personnel in order to investigate the complaint for resolution, which will include contacting or meeting with the Complainant.  A response will be given in a timely fashion by CAS in writing, or where requested, in an alternate format.

    The response will generally contain the following information:

    • 1. A description of the complaint
    • 2. A summary of the facts
    • 3. An explanation of the CAS’s position
    • 4. A summary of the resolution option(s)
    • 5. The timeframe for resolving the complaint, if applicable
       

    If the complaint is not resolved to the Complainant’s satisfaction, Complainant may request a further review of the complaint with CAS Legal Department.  Complainant must file this request for further review, in writing with CAS’s Legal Department within 15 days after receipt of the response from the ADA Coordinator.  Complainant must send a copy of the original complaint, the ADA Coordinator’s response and a description of the Complainant’s concerns or objections to CAS Legal Department at:

    Jonathan McGory,
    Assistant Director of Law
    Cleveland Airport System
    5300 Riverside Drive
    PO Box 81009
    Cleveland, Ohio 44181-0009

    After receipt of the appeal, CAS, Assistant Director of Law, or his designee, will contact or meet with the Complainant to discuss the complaint and the possible resolution thereof.  Within 15 days of communicating with the Complainant, CAS, Assistant Director of Law or his/her designee, will respond in writing and where appropriate, in a format accessible to the Complainant, with a final resolution of the complaint.

    CLEVELAND AIRPORT SYSTEM ADA COMPLAINT FORM
     


        CLEVELAND AIRPORT SYSTEM TITLE VI COMPLAINT PROCEDURE

        These procedures are for complaints of discrimination, other than employment discrimination, by the Cleveland Airport System (Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, Department of Port Control). The procedures apply to discrimination by airport employees, contractors, concessionaires, lessees, or tenants of the Cleveland Airport System (CAS) facilities based upon race, creed, color, national origin, or sex, including but not necessarily limited to complaints under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Civil rights Restoration Act of 1987. They cover any program or activity administered by CAS.

        Any person who feels that he or she has been subjected to discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, or sex has the right to file a complaint with the Airport. These procedures do not deny or limit the right of a complainant to file a formal complaint with an outside agency, such as the U.S. Department of Transportation or Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), or to seek private legal counsel regarding discrimination.

        Complaints must be filed within 180 days after the alleged discriminatory event, must be in writing, and must be delivered by one of the following:

        By mail to: 
        Herlinda J. Bradley
        Manager, Office of Compliance and Inclusion
        Title VI/ADA Compliance Coordinator
        Cleveland Airport System
        5300 Riverside Drive
        PO Box 81009
        Cleveland, Ohio 44181-0009

        Or

        By email to: hbradley@clevelandairport.com

        Complainants may also file a written complaint directly with the FAA:

        By mail to: 
        Federal Aviation Administration
        Office of Civil Rights, ACR-1 800
        800 Independence Ave.
        SW Washington, D.C. 20591

        • 1. If a complaint is received, the Title VI Coordinator will provide written acknowledgment to the complainant within ten (10) business days.
        • 2. Upon the receipt of a written complaint, the Airport will investigate and attempt an early resolution.
        • 3. Within 15 days of receiving a written complaint, the Title VI Coordinator will forward a copy of the complaint to the FAA Airport Nondiscrimination Compliance Program Team, along with a statement describing all actions taken to resolve the matter and the results of such actions. The Title VI Coordinator will work with the Airport Nondiscrimination Compliance Program Team during this process.
        • 4. The Title VI Coordinator will make every effort to complete discrimination complaint investigations with sixty (60) calendar days after the written complaint is received, but recognizes that some investigations may take longer. The Title VI Coordinator will document each investigation in an investigation report.
        • 5. Upon completion of the investigation, the Title VI Coordinator will issue either a closure letter or a letter of finding. A closure letter summarizes the allegations and states that there was no finding of a Title VI violation and that the investigation will be closed. A letter of finding summarizes the allegations and investigation findings and explains whether any disciplinary action, additional training, or other action will occur.
        • 6. If the complainant disagrees with the conclusion of the investigation, the complainant may appeal in writing to the following:
          Jonathan McGory, 
          Assistant Director of Law
          Cleveland Airport System
          5300 Riverside Drive
          PO Box 81009
          Cleveland, Ohio 44181-0009

          The written appeal, including all arguments, evidence, and documents supporting the appeal, must be received within fourteen (14) business days of the decision letter. The Asst. Director of Law will issue a final written decision in response to the appeal within thirty (30) business days. The Assistant Director of Law’s decision is final.
           

        • 7. Copies of the complaint, summary of the investigation report, any response, and the Airport’s decision letter(s) will be sent to the FAA.

         

        CLEVELAND AIRPORT SYSTEM TITLE VI COMPLAINT FORM