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 640 ft / 195 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 640 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 Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, New York-LaGuardia, Philadelphia
Delta Air Lines Atlanta
Delta Connection Atlanta, New York–LaGuardia
United Express Washington–Dulles

Top Routes[edit]

Busiest Domestic Routes from Charlottesville (August 2014 – July 2015)[12]
Rank City Passengers Top Carriers
1 Charlotte, NC 96,700 US Airways
2 Atlanta, GA 59,380 Delta
3 Chicago, IL 32,700 American
4 Washington, DC 30,090 United
5 Philadelphia, PA 23,640 US Airways
6 New York, NY 18,540 American, Delta

Top Origination/Destination Markets from Charlottesville, 2013-14[13]
Rank Airport Code City Passengers
1 ORD Chicago 32,741
2 ATL Atlanta 24,880
3 LGA New York 20,687
4 DEN Denver 14,776
5 SFO San Francisco 14,762
6 DFW Dallas/Ft. Worth 14,069

Top carriers[edit]

(July 2013 – June 2014)[14]
Rank Airline Passengers Destinations
1 US Airways Express 114,356 Charlotte, Philadelphia, New York–LaGuardia
2 Delta Connection 58,363 Atlanta
3 United Express 36,499 Washington–Dulles
4 American Eagle 25,956 Chicago–O'Hare
5 Allegiant Air 3,224 Sanford, FL

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. ^ "RITA Stats". 
  13. ^ "Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport Authority, Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, Year Ended June 30, 2014" (PDF). p. 86. 
  14. ^ "Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport Authority, Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, Year Ended June 30, 2014" (PDF). p. 84. 

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