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
  June 2019 May 2019 June 2018 YTD 2019 YTD 2018 June 19 / May 19 June 19 / June 18 YTD 2019 / YTD 2018
ENPLANED PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 470,118 444,912 439,517 2,386,880 2,278,510 5.67% 6.96% 4.76%
Total International 11,277 9,463 15,756 51,861 59,340 19.17% -28.43% -12.60%
ENPLANED TOTAL 481,395 454,375 455,273 2,438,741 2,337,850 5.95% 5.74% 4.32%
DEPLANED PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 472,775 443,608 440,329 2,392,010 2,278,605 6.57% 7.37% 4.98%
Total International 10,460 9,001 14,667 50,723 55,234 16.21% -28.68% -8.17%
DEPLANED TOTAL 483,235 452,609 454,996 2,442,733 2,333,839 6.77% 6.21% 4.67%
TOTAL PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 942,893 888,520 879,846 4,778,890 4,557,115 6.12% 7.17% 4.87%
Total International 21,737 18,464 30,423 102,584 114,574 17.73% -28.55% -10.46%
AIRPORT TOTAL 964,630 906,984 910,269 4,881,474 4,671,689 6.36% 5.97% 4.49%

 

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
  May 2019 April 2019 May 2018 YTD 2019 YTD 2018 May 19/ April 19 May 19/ May 18 YTD 2019/ YTD 2018
ENPLANED TOTAL CARGO
Pounds 7,676,829 6,978,140 7,019,074 35,439,692 33,471,386 10.01% 9.37% 5.88%
U.S. Tons 3,838 3,489 3,510 17,720 16,736      
Metric Tonnes 3,481 3,165 3,183 16,072 15,179      
DEPLANED TOTAL CARGO
Pounds 8,022,202 7,585,097 8,135,817 37,955,078 35,848,819 5.76% -1.40% 5.88%
U.S. Tons 4,011 3,793 4,068 18,978 17,924      
Metric Tonnes 3,638 3,440 3,690 17,213 16,257      
TOTAL CARGO
Pounds 15,699,031 14,563,237 15,154,891 73,394,770 69,320,205 7.80% 3.59% 5.88%
US Tons 7,850 7,282 7,577 36,697 34,660      
Metric Tonnes 7,120 6,604 6,873 33,285 31,437      
AIRCRAFT LANDINGS
Airport Total 4,828 4,465 4,757 22,222 22,228 8.13% 1.49% -0.03%
AIRCRAFT WEIGHT(000)
Airport Total 523,501 485,641 488,020 2,359,604 2,266,688 7.80% 7.27% 4.10%

 

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.