Holiday Travel Tips

December 19, 2011 by staff 

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Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) officials are encouraging travelers to preplan their trip to the airport this Christmas season. That means give yourself ample time – arrive two hours early – to get to the airport, find parking, checking in and going through security. Once past security, travelers can begin to enjoy what CLE has to offer.

Unlike the Thanksgiving travel which is packed into a weekend, Christmas travel is spread out over several weeks. Travelers should be aware of the peak times which include early morning from 6 am to 9 am, early afternoon from 11 am to 1 pm and mid to late afternoon from 4 pm to 6 pm. Airline and CLE officials predict travel to increase the week of December 19th and remain steady through the end of week.

Travel tips

Airport officials encourage travelers to arrive at least 2 hours before scheduled departures to allow time for inclement weather, traffic, parking, checking-in and going through the checkpoints.

Check traffic and weather conditions before leaving home on CLE’s web site at as these conditions can add to travel time to the airport.

Before leaving home, contact the airline to check the status of the flight, or visit the airport’s web site at

Consider using your airline’s web site to do advance check-in to print your boarding pass up to 24-hours before departure. Even travelers with bags to check can save valuable time by checking-in on-line as many airlines have separate ‘check your bag only’ lines that are quicker than the regular check-in lines.

For more airport information, call (216) 265-6030 or visit CLE’s web site at

Travelers have five separate on-site parking options, including:

-CLE Curbside Valet, $21 per day, located on the upper roadway near the Delta Air Lines and US Airways ticket counters,

-The hourly/daily garage, $14 per day,

-Long-term parking garage, $10 per day,

-The economy shuttle parking lot, $8 per day, or

-The new economy parking lot, $8 a day, located next to the long-term parking garage

Picking up friends and family at the airport? Don’t circle the airport waiting for the call they have arrived. Park and wait in the CLE Cell Phone Lot located off State Road 237 South. Follow the blue directional signs for easy parking.

TSA travel tips

Always have a government-issue ID ready to present at the airline ticket counter and security checkpoint.

Be prepared for the screening process:

-Be sure to look through your luggage to ensure no prohibited items are in the bag.

-All three CLE checkpoints now have Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) machines for passenger screening. Metal detectors and x-ray machines for carry-on items are also in place for passenger screening.

-Remember the TSA 3-1-1 rule for carry-on items – Three ounces (3 oz.) per container, in a clear one-quart bag, one per passenger.

-Knives, scissors with pointed tips, pepper spray and other such items are prohibited as carry-on items. For a comprehensive list of banned and permitted items, visit the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) Web site at

-Carry-on luggage is restricted to one bag and one personal item per person. A personal item includes a purse, briefcase, or laptop bag. Keep in mind that most airlines now charge at least $15 for the first bag for each passenger and more for additional bags.

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