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
  Feb 2017 Jan 2017 Feb 2016 YTD 2017 YTD 2016 Feb-17/Jan-16 Feb-17/Feb-16 YTD 2017/YTD 2016
ENPLANED PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 282,619 286,914 287,218 569,533 578,478 -1.50% -1.60% -1.55%
Total International 7,407 7,763 8,705 15,170 17,313 -4.59% -14.91% -12.38%
ENPLANED TOTAL 290,026 294,677 295,923 584,703 595,791 -1.58% -1.99% -1.86%
DEPLANED PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 277,782 289,265 281,692 567,047 572,067 -3.97% -1.39% -0.88%
Total International 7,256 8,153 8,588 15,409 17,769 -11.00% -15.51% -13.28%
DEPLANED TOTAL 285,038 297,418 290,280 582,456 589,836 4.16% -1.81% -1.25%
TOTAL PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 560,401 576,179 568,910 1,136,580 1,150,545 -2.74% -1.50% -1.21%
Total International 14,663 15,916 17,293 30,579 35,082 -7.87% -15.21% -12.84%
AIRPORT TOTAL 575,064 592,095 586,203 1,167,159 1,185,627 -2.88% -1.90% -1.56%

 

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
  Feb 2017 Jan 2017 Feb 2016 YTD 2017 YTD 2016 Feb-17/Jan-16 Feb-17/Feb-16 YTD 2017/YTD 2016
ENPLANED TOTAL CARGO
Pounds 6,017,189 6,259,094 6,075,915 12,276,283 12,353,401 -3.86% -0.97% -0.62%
U.S. Tons 3,009 3,130 3,038 6,138 6,177      
Metric Tonnes 2,729 2,838 2,755 5,567 5,602      
DEPLANED TOTAL CARGO
Pounds 6,216,823 6,389,281 5,761,784 12,606,104 11,747,037 -2.70% 7.90% 7.31%
U.S. Tons 3,108 3,195 2,881 6,303 5,874