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
  June 2022 May 2022 June 2021 YTD 2022 YTD 2021 Jun 22 / May 22 Jun 22 / Jun 21 YTD 2022 / YTD 2021
ENPLANED PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 386,910 387,760 358,854 2,067,154 1,483,832 -0.22% 7.82% 39.31%
Total International 10,165 7,961 3,290 40,915 9,949 27.68% 208.97% 311.25%
ENPLANED TOTAL 397,075 395,721 362,144 2,108,069 1,493,781 0.34% 9.65% 41.12%
DEPLANED PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 386,145 394,676 359,510 2,070,819 1,491,688 -2.16% 7.41% 38.82%
Total International 9,178 7,230 2,936 40,327 9,302 26.94% 212.60% 333.53%
DEPLANED TOTAL 395,323 401,906 362,446 2,111,146 1,500,990 -1.64% 9.07% 40.65%
TOTAL PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 773,055 782,436 718,364 4,137,973 2,975,520 -1.20% 7.61% 39.07%
Total International 19,343 15,191 6,226 81,242 19,251 27.33% 210.68% 322.01%
AIRPORT TOTAL 792,398 797,627 724,590 4,219,215 2,994,771 -0.66% 9.36% 40.89%
ENPLANED TOTAL CARGO
Pounds 7,427,654 6,739,326 7,262,260 42,340,115 43,995,522 10.21% 2.27% -3.76%
U.S. Tons 3,714 3,370 3,631 21,170 21,998      
Metric Tonnes 3,368 3,056 3,294 19,201 19,952      
DEPLANED TOTAL CARGO
Pounds 8,230,892 7,659,266 8,312,065 46,717,688 48,157,772 7.46% -0.98% -2.99%
U.S. Tons 4,115 3,830 4,156 23,359 24,079      
Metric Tonnes 3,733 3,473 3,770 21,186 21,840      
TOTAL CARGO
Pounds 15,658,546 14,398,592 15,574,685 89,057,803 76,578,609 8.75% 0.54% -3.36%
US Tons 7,829 7,199 7,787 44,529 46,077      
Metric Tonnes 7,101 6,530 7,063 40,388 41,792      
AIRCRAFT LANDINGS
Airport Total 3,515 3,666 3,284 21,061 15,473 -4.12% 7.03% 36.11%
AIRCRAFT WEIGHT(000)
Airport Total 434,985 450,302 401,606 2,593,256 1,925,254 -3.40% 8.31% 34.70%

 

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.