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
  Sep 2016 Aug 2016  2015 YTD 2016 YTD 2015 Aug-16 Aug-16 Sep-16 Sep-15 YTD 2016/YTD 2015
ENPLANED PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 353,028 371,021 336,657 3,102,513 2,940,386 -4.85% 4.86% 5.51%
Total International 5,858 6,508 5,548 76,367 70,728 -9.99% 5.59% 7.97%
ENPLANED TOTAL 358,886 377,529 342,205 3,178,880 3,011,114 -4.94% 4.87% 5.57%
DEPLANED PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 347,358 381,756 331,037 3,122,211 2,952,098 -9.01% 4.93% 5.76%
Total International 5,539 7,400 5,168 77,789 69,832 -25.15% 7.18% 11.39%
DEPLANED TOTAL 352,897 389,156 336,205 3,200,000 3,021,930 -9.32% 4.97% 5.89%
TOTAL PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 700,386 752,777 667,694 6,224,724 5,892,484 -6.98% 4.90% 5.64%
Total International 11,397 13,908 10,716 154,156 140,560 -18.05% 6.35% 9.67%
AIRPORT TOTAL 711,783 766,685 678,410 6,378,880 6,033,044 -7.16% 4.92% 5.73%

 

Historic Passenger Volume

  • 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