Smith says closing Burke would require a new billion-dollar runway at Hopkins Airport to handle Burke's flights. And the landfill Burke is built on would preclude significant development.
So the city's keeping Burke open and hoping to have some business development on land around it.
Big changes are in the works for Hopkins. Mayor Frank Jackson's "Future of Aviation in Cleveland " plan fits in with Continental's just-announced big expansion.
The report is Mayor Frank Jackson's attempt to start conversations about a regional transportation system coordinating highway, railroad, port and airport planning.
Director Smith discusses plans for Burke and Hopkins in detail in an extended interview with Senior Political Correspondent Tom Beres.
Click Play Video to hear Tom's far-ranging interview with Smith.