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Cleveland Airport Mini Guide
What’s so Special About Cleveland?
Cleveland was an important manufacturing city in Ohio
, established in the late 18th century. Its growth came about as a result of its position on a transport crossroads of rail and water. Sadly, like many other industrial centres, as the demand for goods switched elsewhere, factories closed and people moved away, giving the city the dubious accolade of the fastest declining US city. All this changed with the regeneration of the city which now gives it the most golf courses per head in the country and the fifth highest number of cultural attractions in the nation. It’s also on the shores of Lake Erie giving it access to many water based activities.
How do I get to Cleveland?
Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is Ohio’s largest airport serving nearly ten million passengers last year. Almost all flights are internal and if you want to travel there from the UK
you’ll need to fly into one of the major international airports like Washington
or New York
. The airport is nine miles away from the business district of Cleveland and the best modes of transport are either the rapid transit trains or by hire car if you want to explore the region around the lake during your stay.
What is the Airport Like?
It’s a big one, serving the largest number of passengers in the state. It’s also renowned for the giant paper aeroplanes that hang from the terminal ceiling. The single terminal is divided up into four concourses which, being built at various different times, are a little tired in places whilst very modern in others. The airport is undergoing a revamp designed to improve facilities and offer more international flights. The works will be completed by 2014.
What can I Expect When I Land at Cleveland?
The concourses are like the spokes of a wheel with the main terminal building in the centre. This means that from the outer gates you could be faced with a fair walk. If you struggle with mobility, let your airline know well in advance and they’ll arrange help getting you through the airport formalities. After you get to the arrivals hall you can head straight for your transport into the city – with traffic in the area usually very busy, the transit train is the best option for most.
If you want to explore the area, you may want to collect a hire car at the airport. To get to the rental companies, exit the terminal at door five and catch the shuttle to the offsite rental park. For cash at the airport there is a branch of Travelex as well as twelve ATMs.
What can I Expect on the day of Departure?
Cleveland Airport has a fair range of shops and restaurants but the limited range compared to other similar sized airports has led the authorities to seek to increase the range with the airport upgrade. That being said there’s still plenty on offer including a watch shop, diamond jewellery, a technology store, the Rock ‘n Roll Museum Store and a Crocs footwear store. The restaurant choice is more expansive with 22 outlets in either the food court or on the way to the gates. These offer a great choice of eating experiences from fast food to fine dining and everything in between. When shopping’s done, you’ll be able to access the internet from your laptop or netbook there with the airport’s Wi-Fi network.