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Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (IATA: CLE, ICAO: KCLE) is a public airport located 9 miles (14 km) southwest of downtown Cleveland, in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA and is the largest airport in the state of Ohio. The airport lies just within the city limits of Cleveland.
The airport was named for former City Manager William R. Hopkins. It was founded in 1925, making it one of the oldest municipally owned airports in the United States. The airport has been the site of many airport firsts: the first air traffic control tower and the first airfield lighting system, both in 1930; and the first U.S. airport to be directly connected to a local or regional rail transit system, in 1968.
Cleveland Hopkins International Airport handled 11,460,002 passengers in 2005, a growth of nearly 2% over 2004. It is a major hub for both Continental Airlines and its regional carrier ExpressJet. Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, along with Cleveland Burke Lakefront Airport (BKL) comprise the Cleveland Airport System operated by the City of Cleveland.
Cleveland Hopkins International Airport recently celebrated its 80th anniversary and unveiled a new logo and marketing plan to better associate the airport with its mother city, Cleveland. There was discussion of dropping “Hopkins” from the airport’s name and changing its FAA airport designator to CIA — Cleveland International — but the city ultimately kept the name as a result of discussions with the namesake’s descendants. In late 2005, Cleveland Hopkins International Airport began a new campaign using the slogan “Travel Smart, Travel Well” to compete with the highly-successful and growing Akron-Canton Regional Airport, located just to the south.