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
  Jan 2017 Dec 2016 Jan 2016 YTD 2017 YTD 2016 Jan-17/Dec-16 Jan-17/Jan-16 YTD 2017/YTD 2016
ENPLANED PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 286,914 313,955 291,260 286,914 291,260 -8.61% -1.49% -1.49%
Total International 7,763 7,283 8,608 7,763 8,608 6.59% -9.82% -9.82%
ENPLANED TOTAL 294,677 321,238 299,868 294,677 299,868 -8.27% -1.73% -1.73%
DEPLANED PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 289,265 303,520 290,375 289,265 290,375 -4.70% -0.38% -0.38%
Total International 8,153 7,281 9,181 8,153 9,181 11.98% -11.20% -11.20%
DEPLANED TOTAL 297,418 310,801 299,556 297,418 299,556 -4.31% -0.71% -0.71%
TOTAL PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 576,179 617,475 581,635 576,179 581,635 -6.69% -0.94% -0.94%
Total International 15,916 14,564 17,789 15,916 17,789 9.28% -10.53% -10.53%
AIRPORT TOTAL 592,095 632,039 599,424 592,095 599,424 -6.32% -1.22% -1.22%

 

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