CLEVELAND — Cleveland Hopkins International Airport saw a 5.5 percent increase in passengers last year, hitting it highest total since 2009.

The airport reported Thursday that it had 9.6 million passengers.

“The continued growth in passengers flying to and from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is a testament to the airport’s focus on growing air service and the quality of the traveling public’s experience,” Mayor Frank G. Jackson said in a prepared statement.

The airport said 96 percent of the passengers were origin and destination passengers, meaning they boarded or got off in Cleveland as opposed to connecting through the airport onto another destination. It's the most such traffic since 2001.

“The dynamics of our airport continue to change as we continue to grow,” airport Director Robert Kennedy said in a prepared statement. “We continue to make necessary accommodations for our guests and add amenities to ensure not only are more people choosing CLE, but they are returning to CLE.”