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
  April 2015 March 2015 April 2014 YTD 2015 YTD 2014 Apr-15 Mar-15 Apr-15 Apr-14 YTD 2015/YTD 2014
ENPLANED PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 312,294 321,373 330,660 1,155,928 1,261,854 -2.83% -5.55% -8.39%
Total International 8,810 10,759 8,449 33,327 42,880 -18.12% 4.27% -22.28%
ENPLANED TOTAL 321,104 332,132 339,109 1,189,255 1,304,734 -3.32% -5.31% -8.85%
DEPLANED PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 328,302 320,276 342,057 1,159,173 1,269,215 2.51% -4.02% -8.67%
Total International 9,754 9,799 8,706 32,112 42,297 -0.46% 12.04% -24.08%
DEPLANED TOTAL 338,056 330,075 350,763 1,191,285 1,311,512 2.42% -3.62% -9.17%
TOTAL PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 640,596 641,649 672,717 2,315,101 2,531,069 -0.16% -4.77% -8.53%
Total International 18,564 20,558 17,155 65,439 85,177 -9.70% 8.21% -23.17%
AIRPORT TOTAL 659,160 662,207 689,872 2,380,540 2,616,246 -0.46% -4.45% -9.01%

 

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