Since its inception in 1947, Burke Lakefront Airport has become a cornerstone of Northeast Ohio’s transportation system and continues to have tremendous potential as an economic engine for the City of Cleveland. 

In order to further stimulate Burke’s growth and vitality, the airport has developed an improvement plan. Over the next five years, the airport will: 

  • Increase main runway capacity and safety to: 
    • Put Burke in compliance with current FAA regulations 
    • Allow larger aircraft to safely utilize the airport 
    • Attract and accommodate larger charter services and jets
    • Increase door-to-door cargo delivery business opportunities
  • Increase hangar capacity to: 
    • Satisfy unmet demand for corporate and general/recreational aviation services 
    • Meet the aviation needs of sports teams who have substantially increased their use of the airport 
    • Accommodate the Cleveland Clinic’s significantly increased usage 
    • Improve Burke’s competitive position relative to other regional general aviation airports 
    • Attract one or more Burke-based fractional jet companies, which would generate significant local and out-of-town business 
  • Increase paved apron space to: 
    • Accommodate more general aviation and transient aircraft tie downs 
    • Improve maneuverability, safety, and ability to accommodate greater activity from charter, fractional jet and corporate air traffic 
  • Modernize the terminal building to: 
    • Make Burke more inviting, comfortable, and business friendly 
    • Attract additional tenants 
    • Increase revenue 
    • Bring much needed foot traffic, energy and vitality

Other long-term improvements include: 

  • Further expanding runway capacity to add a parallel secondary runway, which would accommodate increased activity
  • Creating a multi-modal port that consolidates air, water and rail operations and complements current and future commercial and residential development