Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is situated in Cleveland, Ohio, United States. The airport codes are IATA: CLE, FAA LID: CLE, ICAO: KCLE. It is a publicly owned entity run by the City of Cleveland and operated by Cleveland Airport System and the Cleveland Department of Port Control, which includes Burke Lakefront Airport too. Cleveland Hopkins is around 9 miles (approximately 14 km) southwest from the downtown area public airport located in Cleveland, Ohio, and by the side of the Glenn Research Center. Cleveland Hopkins Airport is one of the largest airports in Ohio, and the 43rd busiest airport within the United States according to the number of passengers. The airport serves Northeast Ohio and Greater Cleveland, and it is the focus city for Frontier Airlines.
Cleveland Hopkins Airport covers an area of 1,717 acres (that is 695 ha) that includes three runways.The airport has non-stop passenger service to around 54 destinations with an average of 174 daily departures. In 2018 Airport Service Quality Survey ranked Cleveland Hopkins International Airport as the most improved and developed North American airport of 2017. The top 5 domestic flights such as Atlanta, Denver, Chicago O'Hare, and Orlando are serving passengers at Cleveland Airport. According to Annual passenger traffic at CLE, in 2019, the airport reached its peak of 10,040,817 passengers.
History and Business Activity
In 1925, Cleveland Hopkins Airport was founded, and the municipality of the United States owned it. Cleveland Hopkins Airport was the site of the first Air Traffic Control Tower, which was the first ground-to-air radio system. Besides, in 1930 it was the first airfield lighting system, and in 1968 it became the first airport in the U.S., which was directly connected to a regional or local rail transit system. The airport employed a two-level terminal, and arrivals building was separated from departures. Interestingly, the name of the airport was named after the founder, William R. Hopkins, the former city manager, in 1951.
The Cleveland Hopkins airport experienced a sharp decline in passenger numbers in 2014. However,
despite the closure, in 2017, it still obtained roughly around 1,200 employees in Greater Cleveland, including a pilot base, a flight attendant, and the facilities too. United remains one of the largest carriers at Hopkins Airport by having approximately 60 peak day departures in 17 destinations.