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
  Apr 2020 Mar 2020 Apr 2019 YTD 2020 YTD 2019 Apr 20 / Mar 20 Apr 20 / Apr 19 YTD 2020 / YTD 2019
ENPLANED PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 14,336 196,170 395,094 911,520 1,471,850 -96.37% -96.37% -38.07%
Total International 0 2,746 8,109 13,948 31,121 -100% -100% -55.18%
ENPLANED TOTAL 14,336 198,916 403,203 925,468 1,502,971 -92.79% -96.44% -38.42%
DEPLANED PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 15,813 227,791 414,515 933,974 1,475,627 -93.06% -96.19% -36.71
Total International 0 3,585 8,947 15,961 31,262 -100% -100% -48.94
DEPLANED TOTAL 15,813 231,376 423,462 949,935 1,506,889 -92.99% -96.27% -36.96%
TOTAL PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 30,149 423,961 809,609 1,845,494 2,947,477 -92.89% -96.28% -37.39%
Total International 0 6,331 17,056 29,909 62,383 -100% -100% -52.06%
AIRPORT TOTAL 30,149 430,292 826,665 1,875,401 3,009,860 -92.99% -96.35% -37.69%
ENPLANED TOTAL CARGO
Pounds 6,624,994 7,114,240 6,978,140 28,022,305 27,762,863 -6.88% -5.06% 0.93%
U.S. Tons 3,312 3,557 3,489 14,011 13,881      
Metric Tonnes 3,004 3,226 3,165 12,708 12,590      
DEPLANED TOTAL CARGO
Pounds 7,015,762 6,988,549 7,585,097 27,931,005 29,932,876 0.39% -7.51% -6.69%
U.S. Tons 3,508 3,494 3,793 13,966 14,966      
Metric Tonnes 3,182 3,169 3,440 12,667 13,575      
TOTAL CARGO
Pounds 13,640,756 14,102,789 14,563,237 55,953,310 57,695,739 -3.28% -6.33% -3.02%
US Tons 6,820 7,051 7,282 27,977 28,848      
Metric Tonnes 6,186 6,396 6,604 25,375 26,165      
AIRCRAFT LANDINGS
Airport Total 1,056 4,037 4,465 13,489 17,394 -73.84% -73.35% -22.45%
AIRCRAFT WEIGHT(000)
Airport Total 136,232 439,195 485,641 1,471,742 1,836,103 -68.98% -71.85% -19.84%

 

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.