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
  October 2020 Setpember 2020 October 2019 YTD 2020 YTD 2019 Oct 20 / Sep 20 Oct 20 / Oct 19 YTD 2020 / YTD 2019
ENPLANED PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 181,260 149,236 433,692 1,708,101 4,147,410 21.46% -58.21% -58.82%
Total International 0 0 4,536 13,948 76,322 0.00% -100% -81.72%
ENPLANED TOTAL 181,260 149,236 438,228 1,722,049 4,223,732 21.46% -58.64% -59.23%
DEPLANED PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 177,068 147,448 425,659 1,725,951 4,151,460 20.09% -58.40% -58.43%
Total International 0 0 4,888 15,961 77,881 0.00% -100% -79.51%
DEPLANED TOTAL 177,068 147,448 430,547 1,741,912 4,229,341 20.09% -58.87% -58.81%
TOTAL PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 358,328 296,684 859,351 3,434,052 8,298,870 20.78% -58.30% -58.62%
Total International 0 0 9,424 29,909 154,203 0.00% -100% -80.60%
AIRPORT TOTAL 358,328 296,684 868,775 3,463,961 8,453,073 20.78% -58.75% -59.02%
ENPLANED TOTAL CARGO
Pounds 8,149,107 7,396,911 8,115,843 72,576,667 72,014,293 10.17% 0.41% 0.78%
U.S. Tons 4,075 3,698 4,058 36,288 36,007      
Metric Tonnes 3,696 3,354 3,681 32,914 32,658      
DEPLANED TOTAL CARGO
Pounds 8,891,344 8,187,948 8,314,043 76,092,191 76,737,452 8.59% 6.94% -0.84%
U.S. Tons 4,446 4,094 4,157 38,046 38,369      
Metric Tonnes 4,032 3,713 3,770 34,508 34,800      
TOTAL CARGO
Pounds 17,040,451 15,584,859 16,429,886 148,668,858 148,751,745 9.34% 3.72% -0.06%
US Tons 8,520 7,792 8,215 74,334 74,376      
Metric Tonnes 7,728 7,068 7,451 67,421 67,459      
AIRCRAFT LANDINGS
Airport Total 2,143 1,999 4,705 24,761 46,157 7.20% -54.45% -46.35%
AIRCRAFT WEIGHT(000)
Airport Total 279,761 252,054 516,688 2,914,574 4,970,655 10.99% -45.85% -41.36%

 

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.