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
  September 2018 August 2018 September 2017 YTD 2018 YTD 2017 Sept-18/ Aug-18 Sept-18/ Sept-17 YTD 2018/ YTD 2017
ENPLANED PASSENGERS
Total Domestic  386,007   429,398  374,866   3,539,217    3,347,697   -10.11% 2.97% 5.72%
Total International  9,664   11,156   4,680   93,649   70,258  -13.37% 106.50% 33.29%
ENPLANED TOTAL  395,671   440,554   379,546   3,632,866   3,417,955  -10.19% 4.25% 6.29%
DEPLANED PASSENGERS
Total Domestic  375,860   434,845   370,581   3,534,583   3,371,128  -13.56% 1.42% 4.85%
Total International 10,100  12,648   4,536   94,340   72,013  -20.15% 122.66% 31.00%
DEPLANED TOTAL  385,960   447,493   375,117   3,628,923   3,443,141  -13.75% 2.89% 5.40%
TOTAL PASSENGERS
Total Domestic  761,867   864,243   745,447   7,073,800   6,718,825  -11.85% 2.20% 5.28%
Total International  19,764   23,804   9,216   187,989   142,271  -16.97% 114.45% 32.13%
AIRPORT TOTAL  781,631   888,047   754,663   7,261,789   6,861,096  -11.98% 3.57% 5.84%

 

Passenger Volume Month over Month

 

Historic Passenger Volume

  • 2017 9,140,445
  • 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
  September 2018 August 2018 September 2017 YTD 2018 YTD 2017 Sept-18/ Aug-18 Sept-18/ Sept-17 YTD 2018/ YTD 2017
ENPLANED TOTAL CARGO
Pounds  6,647,873   7,219,139   6,818,548   60,458,657   59,307,686  -7.91% -2.50% 1.94%
U.S. Tons  3,324   3,610   3,409   30,229   29,654       
Metric Tonnes 3,015 3,274 3,092 27,418 26,896      
DEPLANED TOTAL CARGO
Pounds  7,171,607   7,840,650   6,949,610   65,195,704   62,243,701  -8.53% 3.19% 4.74%
U.S. Tons  3,586   3,920   3,475   32,598   31,122       
Metric Tonnes  3,252   3,556   3,152   29,566   28,228       
TOTAL CARGO
Pounds  13,819,480   15,059,789   13,768,158   125,654,361   121,551,387  -8.24% 0.37% 3.38%
US Tons  6,910   7,530   6,884   62,827   60,776       
Metric Tonnes  6,267   6,830   6,244   56,984   55,124       
AIRCRAFT LANDINGS
Airport Total  4,512   4,850   4,356   41,255   39,853  -6.97% 3.58% 3.52%
AIRCRAFT WEIGHT(000)
Airport Total  474,103  507,414  455,464   4,253,711   4,110,507  -6.56% 4.09% 3.48%

 

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.