Cleveland Hopkins Sees Two Straight Years Of Increased Traffic
Cleveland Hopkins International Airport saw an increase in passengers last year, for the 2nd year in a row.
About 8.4 million passengers passed through Cleveland Hopkins last year, a 4% increase over 2015. But it’s still 600,000 less than 2013 – the last year Cleveland served as a United Airlines hub.
The airport attributes part of the increase to new flight routes - American Airlines subsidiary American Eagle added non-stop flights to Washington DC in April. Frontier Airlines added service to four cities. Those routes were cut during the fall and winter.
“While the RNC and two championship runs gave us a small increase in passengers, their impact to our overall numbers was temporary," said Airport Director Robert Kennedy. "The airlines’ belief in Cleveland and the potential for continued growth in this market and the stimulation of the ultra-low cost carriers is what is leading to a more lasting increase in passenger traffic.”
Despite the uptick, passenger numbers remain far below the recent high of more than 13 million in 2000.