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
  May 2018 April 2018 May 2017 YTD 2018 YTD 2017 May-18/ April-18 May-18/ May-17 YTD 2018/ YTD 2017
ENPLANED PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 417,907 383,227 396,326 1,838,993 1,683,535 9.05% 5.45% 9.23%
Total International 13,209 7,279 8,621 43,584 42,064 81.47% 53.22% 3.61%
ENPLANED TOTAL 431,116 390,506 404,947 1,882,577 1,725,599 10.40% 6.46% 9.10%
DEPLANED PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 416,752 404,617 397,053 1,838,276 1,693,358 3.00% 4.96% 8.56%
Total International 10,010 8,047 7,802 40,567 40,942 24.39% 28.30% -0.92%
DEPLANED TOTAL 426,762 412,664 404,855 1,878,843 1,734,300 3.42% 5.41% 8.33%
TOTAL PASSENGERS
Total Domestic 834,659 787,844 793,379 3,677,269 3,376,893 5.94% 5.20% 8.90%
Total International 23,219 15,326 16,423 84,151 83,006 51.50% 41.38% 1.38%
AIRPORT TOTAL 857,878 803,170 809,802 3,761,420 3,459,899 6.81% 5.94% 8.71%

 

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
  May 2018 April 2018 May 2017 YTD 2018 YTD 2017 May/ April-18 May-18/ May-17 YTD 2018/ YTD 2017
ENPLANED TOTAL CARGO
Pounds 7,019,074 6,170,404 6,542,397 33,471,386 32,211,457 13.75% 7.29% 3.91%
U.S. Tons 3,510 3,085 3,271 16,736 16,106      
Metric Tonnes 3,183 2,798 2,967 15,179 14,608      
DEPLANED TOTAL CARGO
Pounds 8,135,817 6,939,096 7,257,818 35,848,819 33,995,694 17.25% 12.10% 5.45%
U.S. Tons 4,068 3,470 3,629 17,924 16,998      
Metric Tonnes 3,690 3,147 3,291 16,257 15,417      
TOTAL CARGO
Pounds 15,154,891 13,109,500 13,800,215 69,320,205 66,207,151 15.60% 9.82% 4.70%
US Tons 3,510 3,085 3,271 16,736 16,106      
Metric Tonnes 3,183 2,798 2,967 15,179 14,608      
AIRCRAFT LANDINGS
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AIRCRAFT WEIGHT(000)
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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.