Facts & Figures

Facts & Figures

When it opened in 1925, CLE was the first municipal airport in the country. Initially, the airport served as a stop for U.S. Air Mail planes making coast-to-coast flights. It quickly grew to become a major destination for personal and commercial aircraft. CLE also led the nation in implementing new airport technology. This includes the world’s first radio-equipped air traffic control tower and the nation’s first airfield lighting system. In the 30s and 40s, the airport was a draw to anyone who was anyone in aviation, with both Amelia Earhart and Charles Lindbergh making routine visits. Also, from 1929 until 1949, CLE was the location for the National Air Races. 

Today, CLE is Ohio’s busiest airport, serving more than 9 million passengers annually. It’s positioned within 500 miles of 43 percent of the U.S. population. And for Northeast Ohio travelers, the airport is close—just 12 miles away from downtown Cleveland. Travelers also have the option to take the rail to CLE, a connection that, when added in 1968, was another first in the country. 

CLE’s modern-day innovations focus on customer service. The new AIRMALL, FlightView Screens and communications using social media are making the airport first once again, but this time with travelers.

Passenger Volume

 

  MONTH YEAR-TO-DATE PERCENT CHANGE
  Jun 2017 May 2017 Jun 2016 YTD 2017 YTD 2016 Jun-17/May-17 Jun-17/Jun-16 YTD 2017/YTD 2016
ENPLANED PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 427,015 386,326 382,326 2,110,550 1,994,061 7.74% 11.55% 5.84%
Total International 9,164 8,621 9,025 51,228 55,200 6.30% 1.54% -7.20%
ENPLANED TOTAL 436,179 404,947 391,816 2,161,751 2,049,261 7.71% 11.31% 5.71%
DEPLANED PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 432,818 397,053 388,842 2,126,176 2,003,712 9.01% 11.31% 6.11%
Total International 9,633 7,802 8,791 50,575 55,444 23.47% 9.58% -8.78%
DEPLANED TOTAL 442,451 404,855 397,633 2,176,751 2,059,156 9.29% 11.27% 5.71%
TOTAL PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 859,833 793,379 771,633 4,236,726 3,997,773 8.38% 11.43% 5.98%
Total International 18,797 16,423 17,816 101,803 110,644 14.46% 5.51% -7.99%
AIRPORT TOTAL 878,630 809,802 789,449 4,338,529 4,108,417 8.50% 11.30% 5.60%

 

Historic Passenger Volume

  • 2016 8,422,676
  • 2015 8,100,073
  • 2014 7,609,404
  • 2013 9,072,126
  • 2012 9,004,983
  • 2011 9,176,824
  • 2010 9,492,455
  • 2009 9,715,604
  • 2008 11,106,196
  • 2007 11,459,390
  • 2006 11,321,050
  • 2005 11,463,391
  • 2004 11,264,937
  • 2003 10,555,387
  • 2002 10,795,270
  • 2001 11,864,411
  • 2000 13,288,059
  • 1999 13,020,285

 

  MONTH YEAR-TO-DATE PERCENT CHANGE
  Jun 2017 May 2017 Jun 2016 YTD 2017 YTD 2016 Jun-17/May-17 Jun-17/May-16 YTD 2017/YTD 2016
ENPLANED TOTAL CARGO
Pounds 6,927,846 6,542,397 6,942,208 39,139,303 39,639,855 5.89% -0.21% -1.26%
U.S. Tons 3,164 3,533 3,382 12,835 13,183      
Metric Tonnes 2,869 3,204 3,068 11,641 11,957      
DEPLANED TOTAL CARGO
Pounds 7,323,381 7,257,818 7,615,072 41,319,075 40,652,293 0.90% -3.83% 1.64%
U.S. Tons 3,662 3,629 3,808 20,660 20,326      
Metric Tonnes 3,321 3,291 3,453 18,738 18,436      
TOTAL CARGO
Pounds 14,251,227 13,800,215 14,557,280 80,458,378 80,292,148 3.27% -2.10% 0.21%
US Tons 7,126 6,900 7,279 40,229 40,146      
Metric Tonnes 6,463 6,258 6,602 36,488 36,412      

 

Tarmac Delay Contingency Plan

Cleveland Hopkins  International Airport (CLE) has instituted an Airport Emergency Contingency Plan pursuant to §42301 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012.  This act requires that passengers be permitted to deplane an aircraft that has been delayed on the tarmac for a period not to exceed three hours.  

In the event that an aircraft nears the  three hour  time limit, the airlines are required by law to deplane all passengers into the  Terminal,  and provide access to restrooms,  food  and water. Each airline is required to have an airline contingency plan on file with the Department of Transportation. The CLE Tarmac Delay Contingency Plan has been approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation and is designed to coordinate the provision of logistical support to the airlines.  Pursuant to this plan, CLE will provide a list of airlines, ground handlers, fixed base operators and others who may have the necessary equipment and personnel to safely deplane passengers to the airlines. CLE will request that common use tenant air carriers make gates available to an air carrier seeking to deplane at a gate. An alternative solution will be to hard stand the aircraft and transport passengers via bus to the terminal. CLE will provide transportation from the aircraft parking location to the terminal through contract ground transportation providers. 

A copy of the entire airport contingency plan is available here.