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
  July 2016 June 2016 July 2015 YTD 2016 YTD 2015 Jul-16 Jun-16 Jul-16 Jun-15 YTD 2016/YTD 2015
ENPLANED PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 384,403 382,791 370,042 2,378,464 2,246,437 0.42% 3.88% 5.88%
Total International 8,801 9,025 8,160 64,001 58,008 -2.48% 7.86% 10.33%
ENPLANED TOTAL 393,204 391,816 378,202 2,442,465 2,304,445 0.35% 3.97% 5.99%
DEPLANED PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 389,385 388,842 372,124 2,393,097 2,252,042 0.14% 4.64% 6.26%
Total International 9,406 8,791 9,381 64,850 56,582 7.00% 0.27% 14.61%
DEPLANED TOTAL 398,791 397,633 381,505 2,457,947 2,308,624 0.29% 4.53% 6.47%
TOTAL PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 773,788 771,633 742,166 4,771,561 4,498,479 0.28% 4.26% 6.07%
Total International 18,207 17,816 17,541 128,851 114,590 2.19% 3.80% 12.45%
AIRPORT TOTAL 791,995 789,449 759,707 4,900,412 4,613,069 0.32% 4.25% 6.23%

 

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