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
  October 2014 September 2014 October 2013 YTD 2014 YTD 2013 Oct-14 Sep-14 Oct-14 Oct-13 YTD 2014/YTD 2013
ENPLANED PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 124,665 121,185 263,649 1,649,878 2,503,028 2.87% -52.72% -34.08%
Total International 1,152 298 567 21,348 17,337 286.58% 103.17% 23.14%
ENPLANED TOTAL 125,817 121,483 264,216 1,671,226 2,520,365 3.57% -52.38% -33.69%
DEPLANED PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 124,846 118,186 261,924 1,659,457 2,510,245 5.64% -52.34% -33.89%
Total International 1,258 224 568 23,680 19,972 461.61% 121.48% 18.57%
DEPLANED TOTAL 126,104 118,410 262,492 1,683,137 2,530,217 6.50% -51.96% -33.48%
TOTAL PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 249,511 239,371 525,573 3,309,335 5,013,273 4.24% -52.53% -33.99%
Total International 2,410 522 1,135 45,028 37,309 361.69% 112.33% 20.69%
AIRPORT TOTAL 251,921 239,893 526,708 3,354,363 5,050,582 5.01% -52.17% -33.58%

 

Historic Passenger Volume

  • 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