CLE Celebrates 95th Anniversary All Month

July 2, 2020

Press Releases

July 1st, 2020 marks Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) 95th Anniversary.

It was 95 years ago the City of Cleveland launched an ambitious plan to bring travel and trade opportunities by air to the citizens of Northeast Ohio.  Since that humble beginning the airport has lead the way in many aviation industry milestones. During the month of July, the airport will share many historic milestones on the airport’s social media.

“Many people are unaware of just how important Cleveland’s airport has been throughout aviation history,” said Airport Director Robert Kennedy.  “We hope sharing some of industry leading accomplishments will help the community appreciate CLE’s contribution to the global advancement of aviation.  ”

When it opened in 1925, CLE was the first municipal airport in the country. CLE also led the nation in implementing new airport technology including the world’s first radio-equipped air traffic control tower, the nation’s first airfield lighting system and first rail service to downtown at an airport to name just a few.

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 famous National Air Races.

While it is important to remember CLE’s rich history, it is also important to note CLE continues to look towards the future. These are uncertain times, but one thing is clear, the Airport continues to look to the future.