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
  December 2014 November 2014 December 2013 YTD 2014 YTD 2013 Dec-14 Nov-14 Dec-14 Dec-13 YTD 2014/YTD 2013
ENPLANED PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 298,679 284,622 364,031 3,710,391 4,407,969 4.94% -17.95% -15.83%
Total International 5,662 3,717 9,398 86,870 117,687 52.33% -39.75% -26.19%
ENPLANED TOTAL 304,341 288,339 373,429 3,797,261 4,525,656 5.55% -18.50% -16.09%
DEPLANED PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 285,784 288,448 354,552 3,725,459 4,429,127 -0.92% -19.40% -15.89%
Total International 5,410 3,895 9,209 86,684 117,343 38.90% -41.25% -26.13%
DEPLANED TOTAL 291,194 292,343 363,761 3,812,143 4,546,470 -0.39% -19.95% -16.15%
TOTAL PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 584,463 573,070 718,583 7,435,850 8,837,096 1.99% -18.66% -15.86%
Total International 11,072 7,612 18,607 173,554 235,030 45.45% -40.50% -26.16%
AIRPORT TOTAL 595,535 580,682 737,190 7,609,404 9,072,126 2.56% -19.22% -16.12%

 

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