Rebounding Cleveland airport sees passenger increase in 2015

CLEVELAND (AP) — Passenger data shows Cleveland Hopkins International Airport continues to rebound since United Airlines pulled its hub in 2014.

The Plain Dealer ( ) reports data from the U.S. Department of Transportation shows that the airport drew more than 8.1 million passengers last year. That’s a 6.5 percent increase over the previous year.

The uptick comes after a dramatic drop in 2014 when the number of passengers decreased 16 percent. That’s when United dismantled its Cleveland hub.

Airline analyst Henry Harteveldt says low-fare airlines like Spirit and Frontier have helped stimulate travel. The airport has attracted both of those airlines and JetBlue since United announced it was closing its Cleveland hub.

The airport’s interim director, Fred Szabo, says officials have seen an unprecedented recovery over the past year and a half.


Information from: The Plain Dealer,