CLE Prepares for ‘100 Days of Summer’

May 23, 2018

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As Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) approaches one of the busiest seasons of the year, here is some important info for travelers to know during the ‘100 days of summer.’

To kick off the busy travel season, CLE anticipates over 80,000 passengers to pass through the airport this Memorial Day weekend between Thursday, May 24 and Tuesday, May 29.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is preparing for another record-breaking travel season this summer, as 243 million passengers and crew are projected to pass through security checkpoints nationwide between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

The airport and its partners are well-poised for the increased number of travelers and offer the following travel tips.


Travel Tips

Airport officials encourage travelers to arrive at least 2 hours before scheduled departures to allow time for inclement weather, traffic, parking, check-in and going through the checkpoints. Please look for signs, the Gold Coat Ambassadors and Landside Operations employees are available to help passengers find where they need to go.

CLE’s web site is a one-stop shop for travel information. Visit the website at to check the following:

  • Flight statuses
  • Airline contact information
  • Dining and retail options
  • Art exhibit locations
  • Current TSA Checkpoint wait times
  • Status of airport parking entities


Follow CLE on Twitter at @GoingPlacesCLE and on Facebook at for important announcements.

Consider using an airline’s website to do advance check-in to print boarding passes up to 24 hours before departure.

There are six separate on-site parking options, including:

  • CLE Curbside Valet, $25 per day, located on the lower roadway in the far left lane.
  • The Smart Parking Garage, $20 per day.
  • The Red Lot, $18 per day.
  • The Blue Lot, $16 per day
  • The Orange Lot, $15 per day.
  • The Brown Lot, $11 per day.


The Ground Transportation Center located by the Smart Parking Garage includes wheelchair service, free luggage carts and new arrival/departure notification technology to make traveling via shuttle a breeze.

Picking up friends and family at the airport? Don’t circle around waiting for an arrival. Park and wait in the CLE Cell Phone Lot located off State Road 237 South. Follow the blue directional signs for easy parking.


RTA Red Line to the airport

The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) offers convenient service to and from CLE. RTA's Red Line provides regular service between CLE and downtown Cleveland via the Tower City Station. The trip takes less than 30 minutes and trains depart from CLE every 25 minutes for the majority of the day.

For more information, visit the RTA web site at or call The RTAnswerline at 216-621-9500.


Relax and Reflect

If you have extra time before your flight, visit The Interfaith Center located on the secure side of the airport next to the Central Security Checkpoint. The Center is open Monday through Sunday from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Members of all faiths are encouraged to visit the Center for a few moments of quiet meditation or reflection.


Get a Taste of Cleveland

Before taking off, plan a food stop at the airport and discover a variety of healthy choices, including vegan and gluten free options. CLE has also welcomed several local eateries to the airport. From southern-inspired pit style barbeque, homestyle sides and all the fixings at the new Sides to go! BBQ (Gate C27), to chia pudding, spinach pies, flavorful teas, coffee and smoothies and more at the new Inca Tea Café (Gate C10). Bar Symon (Gate C6) offers diners a taste of Cleveland.

Shopping is another popular way to pass the time. The new LaBoutique offers the latest luxury brands of cosmetics, accessories and fragrances and also features a new Duty Free section.



Through both temporary and permanent art exhibitions, CLE showcases its creative community by showing work from local creative professionals and art institutions. These are displayed on both secure and unsecure areas of the terminal.


TSA travel tips

Always have a government-issued ID ready to present at the airline ticket counter and security checkpoint. CLE’s new Checkpoint Wait Times feature allows travelers to select the shortest security line or view the expected wait time at the closest checkpoint line. This amenity is also available on our website,

Be prepared for the screening process:

  • Look through luggage to ensure no prohibited items are in the bag prior to coming to the airport.
  • All three CLE checkpoints now have Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) machines for passenger screening. Be prepared for metal detectors and x-ray machines for carry-on items.
  • Remember the TSA 3-1-1 rule for carry-on items – Three ounces (3 oz.) per container, in a clear one-quart bag, one per passenger.
  • Knives, scissors with pointed tips, pepper spray and other such items are prohibited as carry-on items. For a comprehensive list of banned and permitted items, visit the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) Web site at
  • Carry-on luggage is restricted to one bag and one personal item per person. A personal item includes a purse, briefcase or laptop bag.
  • Outer coats, jackets and other such garments must be removed and put through x-ray screening.
  • Children under the age of 12 years old will not have to remove their shoes before going through security.

TSA Pre✓™ is available at CLE and allows select frequent flyers of participating airlines and members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs who are flying on participating airlines, to receive expedited screening benefits. Eligible participants use dedicated screening lanes for screening benefits which include leaving on shoes, light outerwear and belts, as well as leaving laptops and 3-1-1 compliant liquids in carry-on bags. TSA Pre✓™ has one available lane at South Checkpoint during peak hours and Central is TSA Pre✓™ only.

For more information on TSA Pre✓™ visit

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