There’s a strong sense of aviation history at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. It was the site of the world’s first ever air traffic control tower and the first double-story airport terminal that divided arrivals and departures. Located 13 kilometres outside Cleveland’s Central Business District, the airport continues to be the busiest in Ohio and the main aerial gateway for visitors to Cleveland.
The single airport terminal is split into four concourses. All international flights arrive at Concourse A, while Concourse B is home to Delta Air Lines, and Concourse C is used by United Airlines and JetBlue, while Concourse D is used for small regional flights. The majority of flights departing from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport serve domestic destinations.
In 1968, Cleveland Hopkins International was the first international airport to connect with a local railway network. This train continues to be the most convenient way to travel between the airport to stations in and around downtown Cleveland. Taxis stop outside the arrivals gate while rental cars can be found at a new facility close to the airport.
Among the airport’s many innovations were the world’s first ground-to-radio control system and the first ever airfield lighting system. These successes are celebrated on notice boards dotted throughout the airport.