History

History

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
  Mar 2017 Feb 2017 Mar 2016 YTD 2017 YTD 2016 Mar-17/Feb-16 Mar-17/Mar-16 YTD 2017/YTD 2016
ENPLANED PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 367,288 282,619 345,644 936,821 924,122 29.96% 6.26% 1.37%
Total International 9,576 7,407 12,669 24,746 29,982 29.28% -24.41% -17.46%
ENPLANED TOTAL 376,864 290,026 358,313 961,567 954,104 29.94% 5.18% 0.78%
DEPLANED PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 356,901 277,782 338,204 923,948 910,271 28.48% 5.53% 1.50%
Total International 9,483 7,256 12,100 24,892 29,869 30.69% -21.63% -16.66%
DEPLANED TOTAL 366,384 285,038 350,304 948,840 940,140 28.54% 4.59% 0.93%
TOTAL PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 724,189 560,401 683,848 1,860,769 1,834,393 29.23% 5.90% 1.44%
Total International 19,059 14,663 24,769 49,638 59,851 29.98% -23.05% -17.06%
AIRPORT TOTAL 743,248 575,064 708,617 1,910,407 1,894,244 29.25% 4.89% 0.85%

 

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
  Mar 2017 Feb 2017 Mar 2016 YTD 2017 YTD 2016 Mar-17/Feb-16 Mar-17/Mar-16 YTD 2017/YTD 2016
ENPLANED TOTAL CARGO
Pounds 7,065,421 6,017,189 7,246,947 19,341,704 19,595,096 17.42% -2.50% -1.29%
U.S. Tons 3,533 3,009 3,623 9,671 9,798      
Metric Tonnes 3,204 2,729 3,286 8,771 8,886      
DEPLANED TOTAL CARGO
Pounds 7,513,138 6,216,823 7,499,890 20,119,242 19,212,314 20.85% 0.18% 4.72%
U.S. Tons 3,757 3,108 3,750 10,060 9,606      
Metric Tonnes 3,407 2,819 3,401 9,124 8,713      
TOTAL CARGO
Pounds 14,578,559 12,234,012 14,746,837 39,460,946 38,807,410 19.16% -1.14% 1.68%
US TONS 7,289 6,117