|IATA: CHO – ICAO: KCHO|
|Operator||Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport Authority|
|Elevation AMSL||639 ft / 194.8 m|
The Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport (IATA:CHO) is a regional airport located in Albemarle County and the largest airport in the area.
In September 1953, the Charlottesville City Council voted 5-0 to allocate $140,000 towards the construction of the airport. Commercial airline service was started at the airport by Piedmont Airlines in 1955.
In 2003, the airport began work on a master plan to extend the length of its runway 800 feet to accommodate more jet engine services as prop planes are retired from use. The runway has measured at 6,001 feet long since the last expansion in 1966. The projected cost of the project is $3,285,054.
The expansion project will affect the nearby Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, which was built in 1875. In addition to assisting the congregation relocate, the airport has collaborated with Preservation Piedmont to locate a buyer who will undertake the project of moving the original structure to a new site.
In 2014, the airport will be renovated to include a larger security screening area and the stores will be relocated. The cost will be between $4 million and $6 million. When finished, the airport will have 65,000 square feet. 
Airlines and Destinations
- Chicago - operated by American Eagle. Service began in June 2011
- Atlanta - operated by ExpressJet
- New York LaGuardia - operated by Chataqua
- US Airways
- Charlotte - operated by Piedmont Airlines and Air Wisconsin
- Philadelphia - operated by Piedmont Airlines
- United Airlines
- Washington Dulles - operated by Commutair
- Former Destinations
- Detroit - operated by Delta and Northwest
- Web. Charlottesville City Council meeting minutes, .pdf, Council Chambers, City of Charlottesville, September 8, 1953.
- Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport Website, http://www.gocho.com/airport/info/about/, retrieved on 7-9-2009
- Web. Charlottesville Albemarle Airport names new executive director, Daily Progress Staff Reports, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, December 1, 2012, retrieved December 3, 2012.
- Web. CHO Runway Project Synopsis, Charlottesville-Albemarle Regional Airport, retrieved August 21, 2012.
- Web. Intention to Impose & Use PFC Application Number 20, Charlottesville-Albemarle Regional Airport, May 2, 2012, retrieved August 21, 2012.
- Web. Church ISO new home, Bill Emory, The Hook, August 1, 2012, retrieved August 21, 2012.
- Web. Charlottesville airport plans reconfiguration, expansion of terminal, Nate Deseline III, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, December 15, 2013, retrieved December 16, 2013.
- Web. American offers CHO-Chi Town nonstop service, Lisa Provence, The Hook, Better Publications LLC, 1:55pm Monday Mar 14, 2011
- Web. Airlines serving CHO, Charlottesville Albemarle Airport, retrieved 19 July 2013.
- Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport website
- Web. Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport, citydata.com, retrieved 17 Nov 2009.
|This topic is well-covered by the wikipedia article Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport|