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 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 2019 June 2019 July 2019 YTD 2019 YTD 2018 July 19 / June 19 July 19 / July 18 YTD 2019 / YTD 2018
ENPLANED PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 474,752 470,118 445,302 2,861,632 2,723,812 0.99% 6.61% 5.06%
Total International 9,249 11,277 13,489 61,110 72,829 -17.98% -31.43% -16.09%
ENPLANED TOTAL 484,001 481,395 458,791 2,922,742 2,796,641 0.54% 5.49% 4.51%
DEPLANED PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 477,334 472,775 445,273 2,869,344 2,723,878 0.96% 7.20% 5.34%
Total International 9,794 10,460 16,358 60,517 71,592 -6.37% -40.13% -15.47%
DEPLANED TOTAL 487,128 483,235 461,631 2,929,861 2,795,470 0.81% 5.52% 4.81%
TOTAL PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 952,086 942,893 890,575 5,730,976 5,447,690 0.97% 6.91% 5.20%
Total International 19,043 21,737 29,847 121,627 144,421 -12.39% -36.20% -15.78%
AIRPORT TOTAL 971,129 964,630 920,422 5,852,603 5,592,111 0.67% 5.51% 4.66%

 

Passenger Volume Month over Month

 

Historic Passenger Volume

  • 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

 

 

 

  MONTH YEAR-TO-DATE PERCENT CHANGE
  July 2019 June 2019 July 2019 YTD 2019 YTD 2018 July 19 / June 19 July 19 / July 18 YTD 2019 / YTD 2018
ENPLANED TOTAL CARGO
Pounds 6,834,911 7,213,686 6,158,989 49,488,289 46,591,645 -5.25% 10.97% 6.22%
U.S. Tons 3,417 3,607 3,079 24,744 23,296      
Metric Tonnes 3,100 3,271 2,793 22,443 21,129      
DEPLANED TOTAL CARGO
Pounds 7,421,358 7,521,448 6,942,714 52,897,884 50,183,447 -1.33% 6.89% 5.41%
U.S. Tons 3,711 3,761 3,471 26,449 25,092      
Metric Tonnes 3,366 3,411 3,149 23,989 22,758      
TOTAL CARGO
Pounds 14,256,269 14,735,134 13,101,703 102,386,173 96,775,092 -3.25% 8.81% 5.80%
US Tons 7,128 7,368 6,551 51,193 48,388      
Metric Tonnes 6,465 6,682 5,942 46,432 43,888      
AIRCRAFT LANDINGS
Airport Total 4,922 4,926 4,868 32,070 31,893 -0.08% 1.11% 0.55%
AIRCRAFT WEIGHT(000)
Airport Total 536,790 534,693 507,654 3,431,087 3,272,194 0.39% 5.74% 4.86%

 

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.