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Cleveland Hopkins International Airport

Cleveland Hopkins International Airport
Airport information
 Location of the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport
Airport typePublic
OwnerCity of Cleveland
OperatorCity of Cleveland
ServesCleveland, Ohio
LocationCleveland, Ohio
HubContinental Airlines
Elevation241 m (791 ft)
Aircraft operations192863
Total Passengers9492455

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Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is a public airport located nine miles (14 km) southwest of the central business district of Cleveland, a city in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States. The airport lies just within the city limits of Cleveland. It is the largest airport in the state of Ohio and as of 2009 is the 39th largest airport in North America.

The airport was founded in 1925, making it the first municipally owned airport in the United States. The airport has been the site of many other airport firsts: the first air traffic control tower, ground to air radio control and the first airfield lighting system, all in 1930, and the first U.S. airport to be directly connected to a local or regional rail transit system, in 1968. The airport was named after its founder, former city manager William R. Hopkins, on his 82nd birthday in 1951.

The airport handled 9,492,455 passengers in 2010, representing a 2.3% decrease compared to 2009; the passenger decline at Hopkins was 5th steepest among the 50 largest airports in the USA in 2009. There were 192,863 operations (takeoffs and landings) in 2010. The airport handles more than 325 daily nonstop flights to over 85 destinations. It is the third largest hub for Continental Airlines and its regional carriers ExpressJet, Chautauqua, Colgan Air, CommutAir, and Gulfstream International Airlines. Following Continental's merger with United Airlines, the airport will become the smallest of the combined airline's eight mainland U.S. hubs in terms of passenger boardings (though busier than Guam). Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, along with Cleveland Burke Lakefront Airport comprise the Cleveland Airport System operated by the city of Cleveland's Department of Port Control.

In 2006, Cleveland Hopkins International Airport unveiled a new marketing and branding campaign. The slogan, "CLE Going Places", is said to depict the airport's pursuit of improving passengers' experience as they upgrade the airport facility and negotiate additional air services. Improvements include upgrades to the restaurant and store concessions program, taxi service, on-site parking, customer service areas, and the attraction of additional flights to new destinations with the airport's new air service development program (begun in 2007).

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