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
  April YTD Apr-19
  2019 2019 2018 2019 2018 Mar-19 Apr-18 YTD 2018
ENPLANED PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 395,094 423,800 383,227 1,471,850 1,421,086 -6.77% 3.10% 3.57%
Total International 8,109 9,239 7,279 31,121 30,375 -12.23% 11.40% 2.46%
ENPLANED TOTAL 403,203 433,039 390,506 1,502,971 1,451,461 -6.89% 3.25% 3.55%
DEPLANED PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 414,515 414,305 404,617 1,475,627 1,421,524 0.05% 2.45% 3.81%
Total International 8,947 8,716 8,047 31,262 30,557 2.65% 11.18% 2.31%
DEPLANED TOTAL 423,462 423,021 412,664 1,506,889 1,452,081 0.10% 2.62% 3.77%
TOTAL PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 809,609 838,105 787,844 2,947,477 2,842,610 -3.40% 2.76% 3.69%
Total International 17,056 17,955 15,326 62,383 60,932 -5.01% 11.29% 2.38%
AIRPORT TOTAL 826,665 856,060 803,170 3,009,860 2,903,542 -3.43% 2.93% 3.66%

 

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
  April 2019 March 2019 April 2018 YTD 2019 YTD 2018 Apr-19/ Mar-19 Apr-19/ Apr-18 YTD 2019/ YTD 2018
ENPLANED TOTAL CARGO
Pounds 6,978,140 7,182,121 6,170,404 27,762,863 26,452,312 -2.84%/td> 13.09% 4.95%
U.S. Tons 3,489 3,591 3,085 13,881 13,226      
Metric Tonnes 3,165 3,257 2,798 12,590 11,996      
DEPLANED TOTAL CARGO
Pounds 7,585,097 7,868,418 6,939,096 29,932,876 27,713,002 -3.60% 9.31% 8.01%
U.S. Tons 3,793 3,934 3,470 14,966 13,857      
Metric Tonnes 3,440 3,568 3,147 13,575 12,568      
TOTAL CARGO
Pounds 14,563,237 15,050,539 13,109,500 57,695,739 54,165,314 -3.24% 11.09% 6.52%
US Tons 7,282 7,525 6,555 28,848 27,083      
Metric Tonnes 6,604 6,825 5,945 26,165 24,564      
AIRCRAFT LANDINGS
Airport Total 4,465 4,763 4,632 17,394 17,471 -6.26% -3.61% -0.44%
AIRCRAFT WEIGHT(000)
Airport Total 485,641 500,055 472,698 1,836,103 1,778,668 -2.88% 2.74% 3.23%

 

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.