Akron–Canton Airport

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Akron–Canton Airport (CAK)
Akron-Canton Airport.svg
Airport type Public
Operator Akron Canton Regional Airport Authority
Serves Akron, Ohio, Canton, Ohio, Massillon, Ohio
Location Green, Ohio
Elevation AMSL 1,228 ft / 374 m
Coordinates 40°54.90′N 81°26.62′W / 40.91500°N 81.44367°W / 40.91500; -81.44367Coordinates: 40°54.90′N 81°26.62′W / 40.91500°N 81.44367°W / 40.91500; -81.44367
Website www.akroncantonairport.com
CAK is located in Ohio
Location of airport in Ohio / United States
CAK is located in the US
CAK (the US)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
1/19 7,601 2,317 Asphalt
5/23 8,204 2,501 Asphalt
Aircraft operations (2016) 67,509
Based aircraft (2018) 147
Departing Passengers (12 months ending Nov 2017) 639,000
Sources: airport website[1] and FAA[2]

Akron–Canton Airport (IATA: CAK, ICAO: KCAK, FAA LID: CAK) is a commercial airport in the city of Green, in southern Summit County, Ohio (a small piece of both runways is in Stark County), just off Interstate 77 about 14 miles (23 km) southeast of Akron and 10 miles northwest of Canton. The airport is jointly operated by Summit County and Stark County.

The airport has two runways, 7,601 and 8,204 feet (2,317 and 2,501 m) long, both 150 feet (46 m) wide. CAK covers 2,300 acres (931 ha).[2]

CAK is home to a maintenance base for PSA Airlines.

Early history[edit]

Money for the airport was initially allocated during World War II for defense purposes, but the construction stalled over a controversy relating to whether public funding of airport construction would be appropriate. As a result, private funding was essential to the initial construction of the airport, particularly in purchasing the land.

The airport was dedicated on October 13, 1946, as the Akron–Canton–Massillon Airport; the name was later changed to Akron–Canton Regional Airport. Passenger air service began in 1948 when American, United, Capital, and Eastern airlines moved from the Akron Fulton International Airport.

A permanent terminal was built in 1955 and expanded in 1962.

Passenger growth[edit]

In 2005, 1.43 million passengers flew through Akron–Canton,[3] three times the number ten years earlier. It is one of the fastest-growing airports in the Midwest, and attracts passengers from the Akron/Canton area and Cleveland metropolitan area. Passenger count has grown every year since 1995 except 2001 (partly because of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks which slowed air travel nationwide).

The airport markets itself as "A better way to go", noting the ease of the Akron–Canton Airport in comparison to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport some 40 miles (64 km) north. The airport is a secondary "reliever" airport for Northeast Ohio. Although much of the growth is commercial, over 75% of traffic is general aviation, which is all but nonexistent at nearby Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport.

CAK doubled passenger ridership from 2000 to 2006, with new flights added by AirTran Airways and Frontier Airlines. Southwest Airlines began service to CAK in August 2012. CAK represents 20% of all air travel growth in Ohio. Other airlines include American Eagle, Delta Connection, and United Express.

In 2017, the airport saw the loss of both Allegiant Air and Southwest Airlines.[4][5]

The airport experienced its busiest year, occurring in 2012 with 1.83 million passengers flying into or out of the airport.


In 2006 the airport completed an expansion and renovation of the terminal, including the addition of a new wing off the main concourse. It brings the number of gates to 11 (from 9), and provides new baggage areas, a food court, and improved aesthetics. The new wing opened to passengers in May 2006 and was home to Southwest Airlines.

In 2011 the expanded TSA screening area was completed. It has four lanes for screening, with the ability to open two more. Along with the expanded screening area, Advanced Imaging Devices were installed and a TSA Precheck lane was added.

The airport initiated CAK 2018, its 10-year, $110 million Capital Improvement Plan in March 2008. The plan is the most ambitious capital improvement plan in Akron–Canton Airport's history and calls for 10 projects in the next 10 years. One of those projects, a runway expansion, has already been completed. Runway 5/23 was extended from 7,600 ft (2,300 m) to 8,200 ft (2,500 m). The runways will allow aircraft to fly non-stop to anywhere in the U.S. and throughout Mexico and Canada.

Other projects include expanding aircraft parking and general aviation area, replacing aircraft rescue and firefighting maintenance facility, a new customs and border patrol facility, expand auto parking lots, a widened entrance road, expanded ticket wing and TSA screening area, expanded upper level concourse and the construction of Port Green Industrial Park, 213 acres (0.86 km2) will be developed into 10-12 business sites.

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations Refs
American Eagle Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, New York–LaGuardia, Philadelphia, Washington–National [6]
Delta Air Lines Atlanta [7]
Delta Connection Detroit [7]
Spirit Airlines Orlando
Seasonal: Fort Myers, Tampa
United Express Chicago–O'Hare, Houston–Intercontinental (begins June 8, 2018),[9] Newark [10]


Airlines Destinations
Castle Aviation Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus–Rickenbacker, Hamilton, Indianapolis–Eagle Creek


Top destinations[edit]

Busiest domestic routes from CAK
(December 2016 – November 2017)
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Atlanta, GA 194,070 Delta, Southwest
2 Charlotte, NC 86,680 American
3 Chicago, IL (O'Hare) 82,790 American, United
4 Detroit, MI 49,110 Delta
5 Orlando, FL 48,830 Southwest, Spirit
6 Fort Lauderdale, FL 25,930 Allegiant, Spirit
7 Las Vegas, NV 25,340 Spirit
8 Newark, NJ 23,960 United
9 Myrtle Beach, SC 21,780 Spirit
10 Philadelphia, PA 21,160 American

Carrier shares[edit]

Carrier shares: (December 2016 – November 2017)[11]
Carrier Passengers (arriving and departing)

Ground transportation[edit]

Akron–Canton Airport has a number of taxicab and shuttle services.[12]

It is also served by one route from each of the region's two public transit providers, Akron Metro Regional Transit route 110, and Canton-based Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (SARTA) route 81.

The SARTA route provides service every hour for most of the day Monday through Saturday, and serves both Canton and Akron via Interstate 77, including transit centers in both downtown Canton and downtown Akron.[13]

The Akron Metro route is a 5 times-per-day Monday through Friday local route through Southern Summit County, but does serve the downtown Akron Transit Center.[14]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

On November 4, 1949, a Harrington's Inc. DC-3, a cargo flight, crashed at CAK short of runway 36 in light snow and limited visibility, hitting trees and landing inverted east of the runway, killing all 3 occupants. This is the worst crash on airport property in its history.

On August 2, 1979, a Cessna Citation 501 piloted by New York Yankees catcher, Thurman Munson stalled and crashed 870 feet (270 m) short of runway 19 killing Munson. The two other people in the plane with him were able to escape the plane just as it caught fire.[15][16]


  1. ^ Akron–Canton Airport (official site)
  2. ^ a b FAA Airport Master Record for CAK (Form 5010 PDF), effective February 1, 2018
  3. ^ Akron–Canton Airport Achieves Fourth Consecutive Annual Passenger Record Archived September 29, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Southwest Airlines leaving Akron-Canton Airport in June". www.ohio.com. Retrieved 28 September 2017. 
  5. ^ "Allegiant Air departing Akron-Canton Airport for Cleveland Hopkins". www.ohio.com. Retrieved 28 September 2017. 
  6. ^ "Flight schedules and notifications". Retrieved 7 January 2017. 
  7. ^ a b "FLIGHT SCHEDULES". Retrieved 7 January 2017. 
  8. ^ "Where We Fly". Retrieved 29 January 2017. 
  9. ^ 2018, UBM (UK) Ltd. "United schedules additional domestic routes in S18". routesonline.com. Retrieved 8 January 2018. 
  10. ^ "Timetable". Retrieved 7 January 2017. 
  11. ^ a b "RITA BTS Transtats - CAK". www.transtats.bts.gov. Retrieved February 20, 2018. 
  12. ^ Akron–Canton Airport Ground Transportation Services Archived July 3, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ "81: Canton - Akron Express". sartaonline.com. Retrieved January 26, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Route Schedule - Akron Metro". akronmetro.org. Retrieved January 26, 2016. 
  15. ^ Accident description at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on January 1, 2018.
  16. ^ "Yankees' star Munson is killed in plane crash". Toledo Blade. (Ohio). Associated Press. August 3, 1979. p. 1. 

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