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
  February 2019 January 2019 February 2018 YTD 2019 YTD 2018 Feb-19/ Jan-19 Feb-19/ Feb-18 YTD 2019/ YTD 2018
ENPLANED PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 324,735 328,221 314,925 652,956 652,956 -1.06% 3.12% 2.43%
Total International 6,883 6,890 7,084 13,773 13,607 -0.10% -2.84% 1.22%
ENPLANED TOTAL 331,618 335,111 322,009 666,729 651,100 -1.04% 2.98% 2.40%
DEPLANED PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 319,114 327,693 310,289 4646,807 628,591 -2.62% 2.84% 2.90%
Total International 6,797 6,802 6,918 13,599 13,791 -0.07% -1.75% -1.39%
DEPLANED TOTAL 325,911 334,495 317,207 660,406 642,382 -2.57% 2.74% 2.81%
TOTAL PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 643,849 655,914 625,214 1,299,763 1,266,084 -1.84% 2.98% 2.66%
Total International 13,680 13,692 14,002 27,372 27,398 -0.09% -2.30% -0.09%
AIRPORT TOTAL 657,529 669,606 639,216 1,327,135 1,293,482 -1.80% 2.86% 2.60%

 

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
  February 2019 January 2019 February 2018 YTD 2019 YTD 2018 Feb-19/ Jan-19 Feb-19/ Feb-18 YTD 2019/ YTD 2018
ENPLANED TOTAL CARGO
Pounds 6,647,566 6,955,036 6,480,586 13,602,602 13,190,105 -4.42% 2.58% 3.13%
U.S. Tons 3,324 3,478 3,240 6,801 6,595      
Metric Tonnes 3,015 3,154 2,939 6,169 5,982      
DEPLANED TOTAL CARGO
Pounds 6,933,605 7,545,756 6,488,878 14,479,361 13,267,779 -8.11% 6.85% 9.13%
U.S. Tons 3,467 3,773 3,244 7,240 6,634      
Metric Tonnes 3,144 3,422 2,943 6,566 6,017      
TOTAL CARGO
Pounds 13,581,171 14,500,792 12,969,464 28,081,963 26,457,884 -6.34% 4.72% 6.14%
US Tons 6,791 7,250 6,485 14,041 13,229      
Metric Tonnes 6,159 6,576 5,882 12,735 11,999      
AIRCRAFT LANDINGS
Airport Total 3,929 4,237 4,006 8,166 8,255 -7.27% -1.92% -1.08%
AIRCRAFT WEIGHT(000)
Airport Total 410,189 440,218 404,082 850,407 837,979 -6.82% 1.51% 1.48%

 

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.