Facts & Figures

Facts & Figures

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 10 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
  September 2021 August 2021 September 2020 YTD 2021 YTD 2020 Sep 21 / Aug 21 Sep 21 / Sep 20 YTD 2021 / YTD 2020
ENPLANED PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 324,171 352,703 149,236 2,562,228 1,525,841 -8.09% 117.22% 67.81%
Total International 1,890 2,558 0 16,757 13,948 -26.11% 0.00% 20.14%
ENPLANED TOTAL 326,061 355,261 149,236 2,578,985 1,540,789 -8.22% 118.49% 67.38%
DEPLANED PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 318,967 376,222 147,448 2,574,897 1,548,883 -13.14% 116.33% 66.24%
Total International 1,883 2,951 0 16,694 15,961 -36.19% 0.00% 4.59%
DEPLANED TOTAL 320,850 370,173 147,448 2,591,591 1,564,844 -13.32% 117.60% 65.61%
TOTAL PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 643,138 719,925 296,684 5,137,125 3,075,724 -10.67% 116.78% 67.02%
Total International 3,773 5,509 0 33,451 29,909 -31.51% 0.00% 11.84%
AIRPORT TOTAL 646,911 725,434 296,684 5,170,576 3,105,633 -10.82% 118.05% 66.49%
ENPLANED TOTAL CARGO
Pounds 7,677,742 7,563,733 7,396,911 66,787,940 64,427,560 1.51% 3.80% 3.66%
U.S. Tons 3,839 3,782 3,698 33,394 32,214      
Metric Tonnes 3,482 3,430 3,354 30,288 29,218      
DEPLANED TOTAL CARGO
Pounds 8,644,442 8,440,850 8,299,547 73,491,043 66,573,063 2.41% 4.16% 10.39%
U.S. Tons 4,322 4,220 4,150 36,746 33,287      
Metric Tonnes 3,920 3,828 3,764 33,328 30,191      
TOTAL CARGO
Pounds 16,322,184 16,004,583 15,696,458 140,278,983 131,000,623 1.98% 3.99% 7.08%
US Tons 8,161 8,002 7,848 70,139 65,500      
Metric Tonnes 7,402 7,258 7,118 63,617 59,409      
AIRCRAFT LANDINGS
Airport Total 3,293 3,555 1,999 25,969 22,618 -7.37% 64.73% 14.82%
AIRCRAFT WEIGHT(000)
Airport Total 412,173 433,701 252,054 3,213,380 2,634,813 -4.96% 63.53% 21.96%

 

Passenger Volume Month over Month

 

Historic Passenger Volume

  • 2019 10,040,817 
  • 2018 9,642,729
  • 2017 9,140,445
  • 2016 8,422,676
  • 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

 

Tarmac Delay Contingency Plan

Cleveland Hopkins  International Airport (CLE) has instituted an Airport Emergency Contingency Plan pursuant to §42301 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012.  This act requires that passengers be permitted to deplane an aircraft that has been delayed on the tarmac for a period not to exceed three hours.  

In the event that an aircraft nears the  three hour  time limit, the airlines are required by law to deplane all passengers into the  Terminal,  and provide access to restrooms,  food  and water. Each airline is required to have an airline contingency plan on file with the Department of Transportation. The CLE Tarmac Delay Contingency Plan has been approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation and is designed to coordinate the provision of logistical support to the airlines.  Pursuant to this plan, CLE will provide a list of airlines, ground handlers, fixed base operators and others who may have the necessary equipment and personnel to safely deplane passengers to the airlines. CLE will request that common use tenant air carriers make gates available to an air carrier seeking to deplane at a gate. An alternative solution will be to hard stand the aircraft and transport passengers via bus to the terminal. CLE will provide transportation from the aircraft parking location to the terminal through contract ground transportation providers. 

A copy of the entire airport contingency plan is available here.