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
  Apr 2017 Mar 2017 Apr 2016 YTD 2017 YTD 2016 Apr-17/Mar-17 Apr-17/Apr-16 YTD 2017/YTD 2016
ENPLANED PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 350,338 367,288 322,588 1,287,159 1,246,710 -4.61% 8.60% 3.24%
Total International 8,697 9,576 8,143 33,443 38,125 -9.18% 6.80% -12.28%
ENPLANED TOTAL 359,035 376,864 330,731 1,320,602 1,284,835 -4.73% 8.56% 2.78%
DEPLANED PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 372,280 356,901 341,717 1,296,228 1,251,988 4.31% 8.94% 3.53%
Total International 8,248 9,483 9,260 33,140 39,129 -13.02% -10.93% -15.31%
DEPLANED TOTAL 380,528 366,384 350,977 1,329,368 1,291,117 3.86% 8.42% 2.96%
TOTAL PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 722,618 724,189 664,305 2,583,387 2,498,698 -0.22% 8.78% 3.39%
Total International 16,945 19,059 17,403 66,583 77,254 -11.09% -2.63% -13.81%
AIRPORT TOTAL 739,563 743,248 681,708 2,649,970 2,575,952 -0.50% 8.49% 2.87%

 

Historic Passenger Volume

  • 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
  Apr 2017 Mar 2017 Apr 2016 YTD 2017 YTD 2016 Apr-17/Mar-17 Apr-17/Apr-16 YTD 2017/YTD 2016
ENPLANED TOTAL CARGO
Pounds 6,327,356 7,065,421 6,764,078 25,669,060 26,366,584 -10.45% -6.46% -2.65%
U.S. Tons 3,164 3,533 3,382 12,835 13,183      
Metric Tonnes 2,869 3,204 3,068 11,641 11,957      
DEPLANED TOTAL CARGO
Pounds 6,618,634 7,513,138 6,957,772 26,737,876 26,215,924 -11.91% -4.87% 1.99%
U.S. Tons 3,309 3,757 3,479 13,369 13,108      
Metric Tonnes 3,002 3,407 3,155 12,126 11,889      
TOTAL CARGO
Pounds 12,945,990 14,578,559 13,721,850 52,406,936        
US TONS                

 

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.