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
  Dec 2019 Nov 2019 Dec 2018 YTD 2019 YTD 2018 Dec 19 / Nov 19 Dec 19 / Dec 18 YTD 2019 / YTD 2018
ENPLANED PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 409,732 380,801 378,187 4,937,943 4,724,640 7.60% 8.34% 4.51%
Total International 5,265 3,786 5,490 85,373 111,940 39.06% -4.10% -23.73%
ENPLANED TOTAL 414,997 384,587 383,677 5,023,316 4,836,580 7.91% 8.16% 3.86%
DEPLANED PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 391,540 387,877 364,994 4,930,877 4,692,896 0.94% 7.27% 5.07%
Total International 4,758 3,985 4,956 86,624 113,253 19.40% -4.00% -23.51%
DEPLANED TOTAL 396,298 391,862 369,950 5,017,501 4,806,149 1.13% 7.12% 4.40%
TOTAL PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 801,272 768,678 743,181 9,868,820 9,417,536 4.24% 7.82% 4.79%
Total International 10,023 7,771 10,446 171,997 225,193 28.98% -4.05% -23.62%
AIRPORT TOTAL 811,295 776,449 753,627 10,040,817 9,642,729 4.49% 7.65% 4.13%
ENPLANED TOTAL CARGO
Pounds 8,274,390 7,478,220 7,483,785 87,766,903 82,435,721 10.65% 10.56% 6.47%
U.S. Tons 4,137 3,739 3,742 43,883 41,218      
Metric Tonnes 3,752 3,391 3,394 39,802 37,385      
DEPLANED TOTAL CARGO
Pounds 8,595,897 7,716,206 8,582,413 93,049,555 89,753,567 11.40% 0.16% 3.67%
U.S. Tons 4,298 3,858 4,291 46,525 44,877      
Metric Tonnes 3,898 3,499 3,892 42,198 40,703      
TOTAL CARGO
Pounds 16,870,287 15,194,426 16,066,198 180,816,458 172,189,288 11.03% 5.00% 5.01%
US Tons 8,435 7,597 8,033 90,408 86,095      
Metric Tonnes 7,651 6,891 7,286 82,000 78,088      
AIRCRAFT LANDINGS
Airport Total 4,411 4,322 4,438 54,890 54,786 2.06% -0.61% 0.19%
AIRCRAFT WEIGHT(000)
Airport Total 485,673 472,252 466,898 5,928,580 5,686,461 2.84% 4.02% 4.26%

 

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

 

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.