The History of Akron-Canton Airport
A look back to the early years of aviation development in the Akron-Canton region involves a complex cast of characters and a multitude of interests that resulted in a revolutionary government partnership.
The origin of the Akron-Canton Airport (CAK) evolved against a wartime backdrop. As with many airfields across the United States, CAK's initial funding was proposed at a time when the nation was most concerned about air defense, during World War II. Although fraught with controversy and delays, the Akron-Canton Airport's beginnings have laid an aviation foundation that contributes over $300 million in local economic impact and connects more than 1.4 million passengers to destinations worldwide.