How much do the Clevelanders love Florida? Sunshine State airports were Hopkins’ top three destinations at the start of 2021
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Florida has always been a favorite spot for Cleveland travelers, but never more so than earlier this year.
Five of Cleveland’s top 10 destinations for travelers were in Florida at the start of 2021, including the top three – Orlando, Fort Myers and Fort Lauderdale, according to figures from the U.S. Department of Transportation.
At the same time, travelers to northeast Ohio avoided major city destinations, including New York, Boston, and Chicago.
DOT tracks passenger traffic from US airports, and it’s clear the coronavirus pandemic had a major impact on travel choices in early 2021. Leisure destinations were much more popular than more focused cities. on business.
The New York metropolitan area, including Newark, LaGuardia, and John F. Kennedy airports, was Clevelanders’ primary destination during the first quarter of 2019. Two years later, in the first quarter of 2021, New York had fallen to 10th place. popular destination. (Data for the first quarter of 2021 are the most recent available.)
Who was number 1? The Miami metropolitan area, which includes the Fort Lauderdale and Miami airports.
One thing to keep in mind: Air travel, overall, from Cleveland and around the world, was still down dramatically during this period, by more than 50% from two years ago. earlier, according to federal data.
Here’s a look at the top 10 destination airports for flights from Cleveland in the first quarter of 2019, compared to 2021:
Top 10 destination airports for CLE, first quarter 2021 compared to first quarter 2019
1. Orlando, 482 passengers per day on average (ranked first in 2019)
2. Fort Myers, 480, (sixth in 2019)
3. Fort Lauderdale, 476 (second in 2019)
4. Atlanta, 387 (fourth in 2019)
5. Phoenix, 327 (fifth in 2019)
6. Tampa, 316 (12th in 2019)
7. Las Vegas, 281 (third in 2019)
8. Los Angeles, 264 (seventh in 2019)
9. Denver, 259 (11th in 2019)
10. Miami, 197 (17th in 2019)
Unlisted: Chicago O’Hare (# 8 in 2019), New York LaGuardia (# 9 in 2019) and Boston (# 10 in 2019).
Top 10 metropolitan areas (may include more than one airport), first quarter 2021 compared to first quarter 2019
1. Miami / Fort Lauderdale, 673 passengers per day on average, (second in 2019)
2. Orlando, 482 passengers per day, (third in 2019)
3. Fort Myers, 480 (ninth in 2019)
4. Atlanta, 387 (seventh in 2019)
5. Tampa, 328 (12th in 2019)
6. Phoenix, 327 (eighth in 2019)
7. Los Angeles, 313 (fifth in 2019)
8. Las Vegas, 281 (sixth in 2019)
9. Denver, 259 (13th in 2019)
10. New York, 197 (first in 2019)
Not listed: Chicago (# 4 in 2019), Boston (# 10 in 2019).
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