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
  November 2014 November 2013 YTD 2014 YTD 2013 Nov-14 Oct-14 Nov-14 Nov-13 YTD 2014/YTD 2013
ENPLANED PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 284,622 343,585 3,411,712 4,043,938 -7.71% -17.16% -15.63%
Total International 3,717 5,924 81,208 108,289 -5.25% -37.26% -25.01%
ENPLANED TOTAL 288,339 349,509 3,492,920 4,152,227 -7.68% -17.50% -15.88%
DEPLANED PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 288,448 350,670 3,439,675 4,074,575 -5.95% -17.74% -15.58%
Total International 3,895 6,327 81,274 108,134 -7.85% -38.44% -24.84%
DEPLANED TOTAL 292,343 356,997 3,520,949 4,182,709 -5.98% -18.11% -15.82%
TOTAL PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 573,070 694,255 6,851,387 8,118,513 -6.83% -17.46% -15.61%
Total International 7,612 12,251 162,482 216,423 -6.60% -37.87% -24.92%
AIRPORT TOTAL 580,682 706,506 7,013,869 8,334,936 -6.83% -17.81% -15.85%

 

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