CLEVELAND– Travel advice for anyone flying out of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport in the next couple of months: pack your patience and plan on getting to the airport sooner.
Construction crews have been working on the main terminal since May of last year and are now in the last phase of the project. The plan is to make this high traffic area more spacious and with better lighting.
Now major changes are being made to the ticketing level. To complete the project, crews will be closing Checkpoint B, which serves as the only TSA pre-check line. For the next eight weeks, the pre-check line will be moving to Checkpoint A and C, which are at both ends of the airport.
Hopkins Interim Director Fred Szabo acknowledges the change may inconvenience and delay some travelers. All security checks will take place at two locations, instead of three. “The real bottom line here is that we are not going to diminish the number of lanes to get through the airport. So, we’ll still have at least ten lanes open for passengers at all times. What we are losing is to have the central checkpoint as the pre-check checkpoint,” Szabo said.
Checkpoint B is slated to close starting Tuesday, April 5, and expected to remain closed for two months. The airport modernization project is scheduled to be completed by May.