CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Officials from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport detailed upcoming changes that have been made to the terminal’s ground transportation plan.
A press conference with Director Robert Kennedy and other officials was held at the airport on Friday morning.
According to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, changes include:
- Beginning Monday, Feb. 18, rideshares such as Uber and Lyft as well as city taxis and limos will be permitted to use the upper and lower roadways for pick-up and drop-off.
- Starting on Feb. 21, the current commercial vehicle drop-off location adjacent to baggage claim 11 is returning to the taxi pick-up location.
- CLE will create a new drop-off area at the north end of the baggage claim which will accommodate all hotel and off-site parking shuttles and staging for limos starting March 1. Shuttles have not had access to the roadway for pick-ups and drop-offs since 2015. This new procedure will help minimize the impact of traffic on our roadway.
- The current Ground Transportation Center will temporarily close for a multi-million dollar reconstruction project which will dramatically improve the customer experience and navigation to the terminal. The construction will begin once a contractor has been selected and a contract has been signed.
- Additional changes are being made at the shuttle drop-off site to better accommodate our guests. This includes passenger assistance and customer service representatives who will be stationed inside the building at the drop-off location for passengers requiring additional assistance.
On Monday, the Cleveland City Council gathered for an emergency meeting regarding the reversal of an earlier rule change where commercial vehicles could drop off and pick up passengers at the airport.
The initial rule, first made in October, change pushed the designated spots for Uber, Lyft, and other commercial vehicles about 200 feet from the terminal.
Following backlash, airport officials have decided to reverse the policy.
The changes, which are necessary due to increased passenger traffic, are expected to go into effect on Feb. 18.