CNN Airport

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CNN Airport
CNN hi Network logo
LaunchedJune 3, 1991; 28 years ago (1991-06-03)[1]
Owned byCNN
(WarnerMedia News & Sports)
Picture format480i (SDTV)
CountryUnited States
Broadcast areaAvailable in select airports
HeadquartersAtlanta, Georgia, United States
Formerly calledCNN Airport Network (1991–2010)
Sister channel(s)CNN
CNN en Español
CNN International
WebsiteOfficial website
Private VideoG-14 / 4040 H
CNN Airport logo from 1991 to 2010.
CNN Airport Network control room at the CNN Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

CNN Airport is an American out-of-home television network operated by CNN. The service broadcasts general news, weather, stock market updates, entertainment, and travel content to airports across the United States. The founding management was led by Jon Petrovich and Scott Weiss. Deborah Cooper was the inaugural vice president/general manager, and continues in the role today.

CNN Airport's 24-hour schedule consists of roughly 16% live news, 19% live sports, 24% lifestyle, 24% travel, and 10% for local inserts from airports if they warrant.[2]


The network originally was test launched from June 3 to July 14, 1991 at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, Hartsfield-Atlanta International Airport and O'Hare International Airport,[1] and officially debuted on January 20, 1992 as the CNN Airport Network,[3][failed verification] and is currently shown in 58 airports in the United States, on televisions located in gate and boarding areas.


CNN Airport airs at 58 airports in the United States.[4] Its breakfast and early fringe schedule includes news programming from CNN and HLN, broadcast on a 10-second delay. The network also airs air travelers-designed weather, business and travel segments, as well as entertainment programming from WarnerMedia's entertainment-formatted channels such as Cartoon Network, TCM, HBO, TruTV and TBS. CNN Airport also airs full-length live NFL games, including playoffs and the Super Bowl; full-length NBA games including playoffs; select full-length games from the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament; and select full-length MLB post-season games.

CNN Airport broadcasts 24/7, with around-the-clock technical and editorial staffing, including three of its own reporters. Because it broadcasts in public waiting areas, CNN Airport is more family friendly than regular CNN. In addition, fonts used on the channel is larger than CNN (in order to be seen from a distance).[5]

For security and safety reasons, the channel will not report on airline crashes or other similar commercial aviation incidents. CNN Airport also screens/blurs out material that is either sexually explicit or portrays graphic violence. Usually the network will fill in these gaps with weather segments.


  1. ^ a b TBS to begin testing The Airport Channel, The Boston Globe (via HighBeam Research), May 12, 1991.
  2. ^ "CNN Airport Network Media Kit" (PDF).
  3. ^ "CNN Newssource". 2001. Archived from the original on March 2, 2001. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
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  5. ^ "AirlineReporter". At the airport, they might be sitting at a distance, so Airport Network makes sure that their font is larger and easily viewable from a distance.

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