Charlottesville–Albemarle Airport

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Charlottesville–Albemarle Airport
Charlottesville–Albemarle Airport Logo.jpg
Airport type Public
Owner Charlottesville Albemarle Airport Authority
Serves Charlottesville, Virginia
Elevation AMSL 639 ft / 194.8 m
Coordinates 38°08′19″N 078°27′10″W / 38.13861°N 78.45278°W / 38.13861; -78.45278Coordinates: 38°08′19″N 078°27′10″W / 38.13861°N 78.45278°W / 38.13861; -78.45278
CHO is located in Virginia
Location of airport in Virginia
Direction Length Surface
ft m
3/21 6,801 2,073 Asphalt
Statistics (2011)
Aircraft operations 69,594
Based aircraft 68

Charlottesville–Albemarle Airport (IATA: CHOICAO: KCHOFAA LID: CHO) is a public use airport located 7 nautical miles (13 km) north of Charlottesville, in Albemarle County, Virginia, United States. It has operated commercial flights since 1955 and serves the Charlottesville/Albemarle region and surrounding counties with 46 daily non-stop flights to seven major cities on four different airlines' subsidiares.[2] CHO underwent major construction in summer 2006 as well as an 800-foot runway expansion that began in summer 2010 and was completed in December 2012.[3][4][5]

This facility is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems, which categorized it as a primary commercial service airport.[6] As per Federal Aviation Administration records, it had 169,843 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008,[7] 180,462 enplanements in 2009, and 197,776 in 2010.[8]

On August 20, 2013, Las Vegas based Allegiant Air announced that they would begin non-stop jet service from Charlottesville to Orlando–Sanford International Airport beginning on November 21, 2013. Allegiant would fly twice a week to and from Charlottesville utilizing their fleet of MD-88 jet aircraft.[9]

As of January 31, 2014, Allegiant airlines announced that they would be ending service between Charlottesville and Orlando-Sanford on February 23, 2014. An Allegiant spokesperson says the service fell victim to low demand.[10]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport covers an area of 610 acres (247 ha) at an elevation of 639 feet (195 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 3/21 with an asphalt surface measuring 6,801 by 150 feet (2,073 m × 46 m).[1]

The airport has a 60,000 sq ft (6,000 m2) terminal with on-site rental cars, ground transportation, and food service and gifts from "The Market" Gourmet Deli & Gift Shop.[2] General aviation facilities include an executive terminal offering a full-service by the fixed base operator, Landmark Aviation, flight schools, emergency medical transportation provided by the UVA Hospital's Pegasus service[11] and aircraft charter firms.

For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2011, the airport had 69,594 aircraft operations, an average of 190 per day: 72% general aviation, 22% air taxi, 6% military, and <1% scheduled commercial. At that time there were 68 aircraft based at this airport: 72% single-engine, 16% jet, 10% multi-engine, and 2% helicopter.[1]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Charlottesville–Albemarle Airport is located in USA
Locations of commercial airline destinations from Charlottesville–Albemarle Airport
Airlines Destinations
American Eagle Chicago–O'Hare, New York–LaGuardia
Delta Air Lines Atlanta
Delta Connection Atlanta, New York–LaGuardia
United Express Washington–Dulles
US Airways Express Charlotte, Philadelphia

Top Routes[edit]

Busiest Domestic Routes from Charlottesville (November 2013 – October 2014)[12]
Rank City Passengers Top Carriers
1 Charlotte, NC 94,000 US Airways
2 Atlanta, GA 48,000 Delta
3 Washington, DC 34,000 United
4 Philadelphia, PA 26,000 US Airways
5 Chicago, IL 25,000 American Eagle
6 New York, NY 15,000 Delta, American Eagle

Top Origination/Destination Markets from Charlottesville 2013 (page 86, Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport, Year Ending Q2 2013[13]
Rank Airport Code City Passengers
1 ORD Chicago 30,627
2 ATL Atlanta 21,597
3 LGA LaGuardia 17,140
4 SFO San Francisco 17,756
5 DFW Dallas/Ft. Worth 15,023
6 DEN Denver 13,741

Top carriers[edit]

(July 2011 – June 2012)[12]
Rank Airline Passengers Destinations
1 US Airways Express 125,000 Charlotte, Philadelphia, New York–LaGuardia
2 Delta Connection 44,000 Atlanta
3 United Express 36,000 Washington–Dulles
4 American Eagle 24,000 Chicago–O'Hare

Cargo airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
DHL operated by Ameriflight Wilmington, Lynchburg


  1. ^ a b c FAA Airport Master Record for CHO (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration.
  2. ^ a b "About CHO". CHO Official Website. Retrieved February 24, 2011. 
  3. ^ Sharon C. Fitzgerald (July 14, 2010). "Airport runway expansion taking off". The Daily Progress. Retrieved June 26, 2012. 
  4. ^ "FAA Shutdown Could Affect CHO Airport Runway Construction". August 4, 2011. Retrieved June 26, 2012. 
  5. ^ Nate Delesline III (December 21, 2012). "Local airport completes runway extension, sees record traffic". The Daily Progress. Retrieved December 21, 2012. 
  6. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). CY 2008 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2010 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011. 
  9. ^ Nate Delesline III (August 21, 2013). "Allegiant Air adds Charlottesville". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved August 21, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Allegiant Airlines to End Service at CHO". January 31, 2014. 
  11. ^ "About Pegasus". Pegasus website. Retrieved February 24, 2011. 
  12. ^ a b "RITA Stats". 
  13. ^ "2013 CAFR" (PDF). 

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