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Cleveland Hopkins International – KCLE Spotting Guide

Here you will find information about aircraft spotting at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE)

Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) is the largest and busiest airport in the state of Ohio and a focus city for Frontier Airlines. In 2015 the annual passenger traffic was 8,100,073. Cleveland Hopkins is served by Air Canada Express, American Airlines, American Eagle, Delta Air Lines, Delta Connection, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines, and United Express. There is also the following seasonal charter service offered by Apple Vacations which is operated by Xtra Airways and Vacation Express which is operated by InterJet and Swift Air. Daily Cargo operators are FedEx Express, FedEx Feeder operated by Mountain Air Cargo as well as UPS Airlines.

The airport was founded in 1925, making it the first municipality owned airport in the United States.The airport has been the site of several 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.

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Click the camera icon for spotting/info/directions around Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE)
Click the Food/Drink! icon for food. Spotting sometimes requires a lot of time out in the sun. Make sure you are drinking plenty of water, and get food when you need it. I usually bring a cooler with water. More food locations can be found by following this Google map link: http://g.co/maps/u4gub
Click the Gas icon for gas. Most have convenience stores as well. More gas stations around KCLE can be found by following this Google map link: http://g.co/maps/5wurh
Click the Hotel icon for a place to stay if you are going to be here overnight. More hotels around KCLE can be found by following this Google map link: http://g.co/maps/39y4m

Random Photos from Cleveland Hopkins Airport (CLE/KCLE)


Passenger Aircraft you can expect to see (This list is a work in progress)
  • Air Canada Jazz: Air Canada Jazz operates three daily Dash 8 flights on weekdays, and two daily on weekends with service to Toronto-Pearson. Weekday flights typically arrive at 10:00am, 5:25pm, and 9:35pm and depart at 6:30am, 10:25am, and 5:50 pm. Weekend flights depart CLE at 6:30am, and 5:50pm and arrive at 5:25am and 9:35pm.
  • American Airlines: American operates its new Airbus A319 to CLE as well as the MD-80, for service to its hub at Dallas Forth Worth.
  • American Eagle: American Eagle operates flights throughout the day to Chicago–O’Hare, Miami, New York–JFK and New York–LaGuardia. The flights are operated on either the CRJ-700 or the ERJ-145.
  • Delta Air Lines: Delta operates a varied narrow bodied fleet in Cleveland. Spotters may see the 717-200, 737-800, A319, A320, and MD-90 here. These aircraft serve Atlanta.
    Delta Connection (Chautauqua Airlines): Chautauqua operates the ERJ-145, CRJ-700 and CRJ-900 with service to New York–LaGuardia and Detroit.
    Delta Connection (Endeavor Air): Endeavor operates the ERJ-145, CRJ-700 and CRJ-900 on flights to Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York–JFK and New York–LaGuardia.
    Delta Connection (ExpressJet): ExpressJet operates the CRJ-700 and CRJ-900 on flights to Atlanta and Minneapolis/St. Paul.
    Delta Connection (GoJet Airlines): GoJet operates the CRJ-700 and CRJ-900 on behalf of Delta Connection to Detroit and New York–LaGuardia.
    Delta Connection (SkyWest Airlines): SkyWest operates the CRJ-700 and CRJ-900 on flights to Detroit and Minneapolis/St. Paul.
  • Frontier Airlines: Frontier operates A321’s and A320s at CLE, with services to Denver, Tampa, Orlando, and Trenton, as well as seasonal flights to Cancun and Punta Cana.
  • JetBlue: JetBlue operates Embraer E190 with services to Boston and A320’s heading to Fort Lauderdale.
  • Southwest Airlines: Southwest has the second largest presence at CLE after Frontier. Southwest operates its 737-700s and -800s at Hopkins, regularly servicing Baltimore, Chicago–Midway, Dallas and Nashville, and seasonally servicing Fort Myers, Las Vegas and Orlando.
  • Spirit: Spirit operates A320’s with services to Atlanta, Dallas Forth Worth, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Meyers, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orlando and Tampa.
  • United Airlines:  It operates its narrow body aircraft throughout the day at CLE, including its A319s, A320s, and 737s,. United Express also operates at CLE. The Express arms fleet includes  Dash 8s, CRJ200s, CRJ700s, CRJ900s, ERJ135s, ERJ145s, ERJ170s, and ERJ175s.
  • US Airways: US Airways operates its A319s, as well as the occasional 737, through Concourse A, destined for Charlotte.
    US Airways Express (Air Wisconsin): Air Wisconsin operates CRJ200s on behalf of US Airways Express to Philadelphia.
    US Airways Express (Mesa Airlines): Mesa Airlines operates CRJ900s to US Airways’ hubs at Charlotte and Philadelphia.
    US Airways Express (PSA Airlines): PSA Airlines operates its CRJ200s and CRJ700s to Charlotte.
    US Airways Express (Republic Airlines): Republic Airlines operates its Dash 8s, E170s, and E175s to Charlotte and Philadelphia.
Cargo Aircraft you can expect to see (This list is a work in progress)
  • FedEx Airlines: FedEx typically operates two A300-600 freighters to Indianapolis and Memphis. FedEx’s 757s also serve CLE on occasion, especially during the holiday season.
  • FedEx Airlines Feeder (Mountain Air Cargo): Mountain Air Cargo operates the C208 Cargomaster to Erie. Rarely, an ATR42 or 72 services this flight
  • UPS Airlines: UPS Airlines operates 757s, 767s or MD-11s to Louisville. The MD-11 is most common, followed by the 767, the 757 is most common during the holiday season.
NASA Aircraft you can expect to see

NASA also has an operation here with a hanger. NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio researches, designs, develops and tests innovative technology for aeronautics and spaceflight. We design game-changing technology for spaceflight that enables further exploration of the universe. We create cutting-edge aeronautical technology that revolutionizes air travel. NASA operates a couple S-3 “Viking” aircraft, a Twin Otter as well as a T34-C Mentor which currently does various in flight experiments.On occasion they will also host other NASA aircraft such as their DC-9 or Lear Jet’s. They often play host to the USAF Thunderbirds when they are in town for the Cleveland National Air Show.


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