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 2022 September 2022 October 2021 YTD 2022 YTD 2021 Oct 22 / Sep 22 Oct 22 / Oct 21 YTD 2022 / YTD 2021
ENPLANED PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 393,481 372,200 358,353 3,585,312 2,920,581 5.72% 9.80% 22.76%
Total International 3,909 3,792 3,437 63,499 20,194 3.09% 13.73% 214.44%
ENPLANED TOTAL 397,390 375,992 361,790 3,648,811 2,940,775 5.69% 9.84% 24.08%
DEPLANED PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 393,692 365,716 358,416 3,593,560 2,933,313 7.65% 9.84% 22.51%
Total International 4,061 3,224 3,372 64,024 20,066 25.96% 20.43% 219.07%
DEPLANED TOTAL 397,753 368,940 361,788 3,657,584 2,953,379 7.81% 9.94% 23.84%
TOTAL PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 787,173 737,916 716,769 7,178,872 5,853,894 6.68% 9.82% 22.63%
Total International 7,971 7,016 6,809 127,523 40,260 13.60% 17.05% 216.75%
AIRPORT TOTAL 795,143 744,932 723,578 7,306,395 589,4154 6.71% 9.89% 23.96%
ENPLANED TOTAL CARGO
Pounds 6,871,512 7,184,899 7,956,788 70,451,131 74,744,728 -4.36% -13.64% -5.74%
U.S. Tons 3,436 3,592 3,978 35,226 37,372      
Metric Tonnes 3,116 3,258 3,608 31,950 33,897      
DEPLANED TOTAL CARGO
Pounds 9,975,407 10,384,205 86,86,904 85,217,262 82,177,947 -3.94% 14.83% 3.70%
U.S. Tons 4,988 2,192 4,343 42,609 41,089      
Metric Tonnes 4,524 4,709 3,940 38,646 37,268      
TOTAL CARGO
Pounds 16,846,919 17,569,104 16,643,692 155,668,393 156,922,675 -4.11% 1.22% -0.80%
US Tons 8,423 8,765 8,322 77,834 78,461      
Metric Tonnes 7,640 7,968 7,548 70,596 71,164      
AIRCRAFT LANDINGS
Airport Total 3,575 3,434 3,715 34,701 28,370 4.11% -3.77% 22.32%
AIRCRAFT WEIGHT(000)
Airport Total 455,655 433,521 452,254 4,362,104 3,665,634 5.11% 0.75% 19.00%

 

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.