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Cleveland City Council approves $3 million plan for Hopkins Airport ground transportation center

The plan for a new Ground Transportation Center comes after the busiest summer at Hopkins Airport in 9 years.
Credit: WKYC-TV
Cleveland Hopkins International Airport

Changes are coming to CLE.

On Monday, Cleveland City Council approved a plan for improving your ground experience at Hopkins Airport. The $3 million dollar project includes a new Ground Transportation Center, plus outdoor canopies for picking up and dropping off passengers.

The plan comes as Hopkins Airport is experiencing an upswing in business. Last month, the airport reported having its busiest summer since 2009, with 2,718,738 passengers welcomed. That number of guests is 72,204 more than last summer and 370,609 (or 15%) more than 2016, which featured the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

That growth in passengers caused airport officials to re-think problems of traffic and congestion on the roadways, parking lots and other facilities.

Council also authorized the city to extend its lease for valet service at the airport for another two years. Demand for the service has risen by 73% since it began in 2013. The city says about 52,000 cars a year are parked through the Hopkins Airport valet service.