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] CNN pays these airports to display the channel exclusively on their monitors.[5]

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. Due to the network's prominence in public waiting areas, the network has stricter content standards than the regular CNN; for instance, stories involving commercial aviation incidents and crashes do not appear on the network, and are overlaid with automated weather conditions, along with stories involving sexual content and graphic violence. The network's digital on-screen graphics are designed larger than industry standards, to allow readability of fonts at a distance.[6]


  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. ^ Guzman, Dianne de; SFGATE (2018-04-26). "Congressman proposes government keep CNN off airport televisions". SFGate. Retrieved 2019-12-20.
  6. ^ "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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