Cleveland's oldest airport, Hardwick Field, to close at year's end

photo Hardwick Field, the former Cleveland, Tenn., airport, is grown over with grass and basically abandoned. It will officially close on Tuesday.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. - As the Cleveland Regional Jetport ends its first 11 months in operation, Cleveland's oldest airport - Hardwick Field - is about to close permanently.

A few months ago, the Cleveland Municipal Airport Authority gave notice to the few remaining tenants at Hardwick Field, established near North Lee Highway in 1955, that all aircraft must be removed from the property by Tuesday.

With the recent addition of two new communal hangars at the jetport on Dry Valley Road, the Hardwick Field tenants now have a place to take their aircraft, said Mark Fidler, director of operations at the Cleveland Regional Jetport.