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
  December 2018 November 2018 December 2017 YTD 2018 YTD 2017 Dec-18/ Nov-18 Dec-18/ Dec-17 YTD 2018/ YTD 2017
ENPLANED PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 378,187 394,120 359,882 4,724,640 4,474,931 -4.04% 5.09% 5.58%
Total International 5,490 4,803 6,875 111,940 87,809 14.30% -20.15% 27.48%
ENPLANED TOTAL 383,677 398,923 366,757 4,836,580 4,562,740 -3.82% 4.61% 6.00%
DEPLANED PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 364,994 387,929 352,651 4,692,896 4,489,299 -5.91% 3.50% 4.54%
Total International 4,956 4,973 5,766 113,253 88,406 -0.34% -14.05% 28.11%
DEPLANED TOTAL 369,950 392,902 358,417 4,806,149 4,577,705 -5.84% 3.22% 4.99%
TOTAL PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 743,181 782,049 712,533 9,417,536 8,964,230 -4.97% 4.30% 5.06%
Total International 10,446 9,776 12,641 225,193 176,215 6.85% -17.36% 27.79%
AIRPORT TOTAL 753,627 791,825 725,174 9,642,729 9,140,445 -4.82% 3.92% 5.50%

 

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
  December 2018 November 2018 December 2017 YTD 2018 YTD 2017 Dec-18/ Nov-18 Dec-18/ Dec-17 YTD 2018/ YTD 2017
ENPLANED TOTAL CARGO
Pounds 7,483,785 7,122,214 7,361,220 82,435,721 79,959,717 5.08% 1.67% 3.10%
U.S. Tons 3,742 3,561 3,681 41,218 39,980      
Metric Tonnes 3,394 3,230 3,338 37,385 36,262      
DEPLANED TOTAL CARGO
Pounds 8,582,413 7,841,769 8,038,688 89,753,567 84,323,203 9.44% 6.76% 6.44%
U.S. Tons 4,291 3,921 4,019 44,877 42,162      
Metric Tonnes 3,892 3,556 3,646 40,703 38,241      
TOTAL CARGO
Pounds 16,066,198 14,963,983 15,399,908 172,189,288 164,282,920 7.37% 4.33% 4.81%
US Tons 8,033 7,482 7,700 86,095 82,141      
Metric Tonnes 7,286 6,786 6,984 78,088 74,502      
AIRCRAFT LANDINGS
Airport Total 4,438 4,393 4,314 54,786 52,969 1.02% 2.87% 3.43%
AIRCRAFT WEIGHT(000)
Airport Total 466,898 465,688 444,951 5,686,461 5,455,096 0.26% 4.93% 4.24%

 

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.