CLEVELAND: Burke Lakefront Airport, the public airport located on the waterfront in downtown Cleveland, is undergoing exterior renovations to be completed in the next several weeks.
Improvements include repainting the terminal building, removing the canopy covering the front terminal walkway, redoing the landscaping, and adding window tinting and new LED lighting on a building exterior facade and walkway.
“Burke Lakefront Airport is a vital piece to Cleveland’s lakefront and these improvements will make it more enjoyable for the people who depend on the facility,” airport director Ricky Smith said.
The exterior of the building was repainted in July. Crews started removing the canopy Oct. 14, and the task should be completed within a week. The new walkway, landscaping, and lighting will follow and are expected to be completed two weeks from the start date.
Window tinting will take place as weather permits.
In addition to the renovation projects, new fencing and a security gate will be upgraded to enhance the look of the terminal building and provide additional security for tenants’ airport visitors.
Burke Lakefront Airport was named after former Cleveland mayor and U.S. Sen. Thomas A. Burke. The bulk of Burke’s air traffic is made up of privately owned and charter aircraft used for business purposes — along with flight training, leisure flying and military operations.
Burke handled 87,000 operations per year from 2000 to 2007. The airport is frequently used by National Football League, Major League Baseball and National Basketball Association team charter flights due to its proximity to FirstEnergy Stadium, (Cleveland Browns) Progressive Field (Cleveland Indians) and Quicken Loans Arena (Cleveland Cavaliers).
The airport is owned and operated by the city of Cleveland, which also operates Hopkins International.