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
  October 2018 September 2018 October 2017 YTD 2018 YTD 2017 Oct-18/ Sept-18 Oct-18/ Oct-17 YTD 2018/ YTD 2017
ENPLANED PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 413,116 386,007 404,749 3,952,333 3,752,446 7.02% 2.07% 5.33%
Total International 7,998 9,664 5,223 101,647 75,481 -17.24% 53.13% 34.67%
ENPLANED TOTAL 421,114 395,671 409,972 4,053,980 3,827,927 6.43% 2.72% 5.91%
DEPLANED PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 405,390 375,860 401,263 3,939,973 3,772,391 7.86% 1.03% 4.44%
Total International 8,984 10,100 5,533 103,324 77,546 -11.05% 62.37% 33.24%
DEPLANED TOTAL 414,374 385,960 406,796 4,043,297 3,849,937 7.36% 1.86% 5.02%
TOTAL PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 818,506 761,867 806,012 7,892,306 7,524,837 7.43% 1.55% 4.88%
Total International 16,982 19,764 10,756 204,971 153,027 -14.08% 57.88% 33.94%
AIRPORT TOTAL 835,488 781,631 816,768 8,097,277 7,677,864 6.89% 2.29% 5.46%

 

Passenger Volume Month over Month

 

Historic Passenger Volume

  • 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
  October 2018 September 2018 October 2017 YTD 2018 YTD 2017 Oct-18/ Sept-18 Oct-18/ Oct-17 YTD 2018/ YTD 2017
ENPLANED TOTAL CARGO
Pounds 7,371,065 6,647,873 6,750,456 67,829,722 66,058,142 10.88% 9.19% 2.68%
U.S. Tons 3,686 3,324 3,375 33,915 33,029      
Metric Tonnes 3,343 3,015 3,061 30,761 29,957      
DEPLANED TOTAL CARGO
Pounds 8,133,681 7,171,607 6,892,446 73,329,385 69,136,147 13.42% 18.01% 6.07%
U.S. Tons 4,067 3,586 3,446 36,665 34,568      
Metric Tonnes 3,689 3,252 3,126 33,255 31,353      
TOTAL CARGO
Pounds 15,504,746 13,819,480 13,642,902 141,159,107 135,194,289 12.19% 13.65% 4.41%
US Tons 7,752 6,910 6,821 70,580 67,597      
Metric Tonnes 7,031 6,267 6,187 64,016 61,311      
AIRCRAFT LANDINGS
Airport Total 4,700 4,512 4,539 45,955 44,396 4.17% 3.55% 3.51%
AIRCRAFT WEIGHT(000)
Airport Total 500,164 474,103 468,093 4,753,875 4,578,600 5.50% 6.85% 3.83%

 

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.