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
  June 2021 May 2021 June 2020 YTD 2021 YTD 2020 Jun 21 / May 21 Jun 21 / Jun 20 YTD 2021 / YTD 2020
ENPLANED PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 358,854 308,800 105,524 1,484,326 1,061,712 16.21% 240.07% 39.80%
Total International 3,290 1,650 0 9,455 13,948 99.39% 0.00% -32.21%
ENPLANED TOTAL 362,144 310,450 105,524 1,493,781 1,075,660 16.65% 243.19% 38.87%
DEPLANED PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 359,510 311,233 103,508 1,492,272 1,081,373 15.51% 247.33% 38.00%
Total International 2,936 1,622 0 8,718 15,961 81.01% 0.00% -45.38%
DEPLANED TOTAL 362,446 312,855 103,508 1,500,990 1,097,334 15.85% 250.16% 36.79%
TOTAL PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 718,364 620,033 209,032 2,976,598 2,143,085 15.86% 243.66% 38.89%
Total International 6,226 3,272 0 18,173 29,909 90.28% 0.00% -39.24%
AIRPORT TOTAL 724,590 623,305 209,032 2,994,771 2,172,994 16.25% 246.64% 37.82%
ENPLANED TOTAL CARGO
Pounds 7,262,620 7,275,148 6,785,578 43,995,522 41,583,972 -0.17% 7.03% 5.80%
U.S. Tons 3,631 3,638 3,393 21,998 20,792      
Metric Tonnes 3,294 3,299 3,077 19,952 18,858      
DEPLANED TOTAL CARGO
Pounds 8,312,065 8,074,103 7,540,735 48,157,772 42,646,408 2.95% 10.23% 12.92%
U.S. Tons 4,156 4,037 3,770 24,079 21,323      
Metric Tonnes 3,770 3,662 3,420 21,840 19,340      
TOTAL CARGO
Pounds 15,574,685 15,349,251 14,326,313 92,153,294 84,230,380 1.47% 8.71% 9.41%
US Tons 7,787 7,675 7,163 46,077 42,115      
Metric Tonnes 7,063 6,961 6,497 41,792 38,198      
AIRCRAFT LANDINGS
Airport Total 3,284 2,830 1,378 15,471 15,791 16.04% 138.32% -2.03%
AIRCRAFT WEIGHT(000)
Airport Total 401,606 346,904 180,456 1,923,784 1,775,378 15.77% 122.55% 8.36%

 

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.