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
  August 2018 July 2018 August 2017 YTD 2018 YTD 2017 Aug-18/ July-18 Aug-18/ Aug-17 YTD 2018/ YTD 2017
ENPLANED PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 429,398 445,302 424,842 3,153,210 2,972,831 -3.57% 1.07% 6.07%
Total International 11,156 13,489 5,827 83,985 65,578 -17.30% 91.45% 28.07%
ENPLANED TOTAL 440,554 458,791 430,669 3,237,195 3,038,409 -3.98% 2.30% 6.54%
DEPLANED PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 434,845 445,273 437,989 3,158,723 3,000,547 -2.34% -0.72% 5.27%
Total International 12,648 16,358 6,848 84,240 67,477 -22.68% 84.70% 24.84%
DEPLANED TOTAL 447,493 461,631 444,837 3,242,963 3,068,024 -3.06% 0.60% 5.70%
TOTAL PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 864,243 890,575 862,831 6,311,933 5,973,378 -2.96% 0.16% 5.67%
Total International 23,804 29,847 12,675 168,225 133,055 -20.25% 87.80% 26.43%
AIRPORT TOTAL 888,047 920,422 875,506 6,480,158 6,106,433 -3.52% 1.43% 6.12%

 

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
  August 2018 July 2018 August 2017 YTD 2018 YTD 2017 Aug-18/ July-18 Aug-18/ Aug-17 YTD 2018/ YTD 2017
ENPLANED TOTAL CARGO
Pounds 7,219,139 6,158,989 7,217,002 53,810,784 52,489,138 17.21% 0.03% 2.52%
U.S. Tons 3,610 3,079 3,609 26,905 26,245      
Metric Tonnes 3,274 2,793 3,273 24,403 23,804      
DEPLANED TOTAL CARGO
Pounds 7,840,650 6,942,714 7,543,237 58,024,097 55,294,091 12.93% 3.94% 4.94%
U.S. Tons 3,920 3,471 3,772 29,012 27,647      
Metric Tonnes 3,556 3,149 3,421 26,314 25,076      
TOTAL CARGO
Pounds 15,059,789 13,101,703 14,760,239 111,834,881 107,783,229 14.95% 2.03% 3.76%
US Tons 7,530 6,551 7,380 55,917 53,892      
Metric Tonnes 6,830 5,942 6,694 50,717 48,880      
AIRCRAFT LANDINGS
Airport Total 4,850 4,868 4,799 36,743 35,497 -0.37% 1.06% 3.51%
AIRCRAFT WEIGHT(000)
Airport Total 507,414 507,654 512,183 3,779,608 3,655,043 -0.05% -0.93% 3.41%

 

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.