Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport

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Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport
Airport type Public
Operator Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport Authority
Location Charlottesville, Virginia
Elevation AMSL 639 ft / 194.8 m
Coordinates 38°08′19″N 78°27′10″W / 38.138639°N 78.452861°W / 38.138639; -78.452861Coordinates:Erioll world.svg.png 38°08′19″N 78°27′10″W / 38.138639°N 78.452861°W / 38.138639; -78.452861
Direction Length Surface
ft m
3/21 6,001 1,829 Asphalt

The Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport (IATA:CHO) is a regional airport located in Albemarle County and the largest airport in the area.

Melinda C. Crawford became executive director of the airport on March 1, 2013. [1]

The Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport reported an 85 percent decrease in passengers due to the COVID-19 Emergency, but the number began to increase as Forward Virginia continued to reopen the economy. [2]


In September 1953, the Charlottesville City Council voted 5-0 to allocate $140,000 towards the construction of the airport.[3] Commercial airline service was started at the airport by Piedmont Airlines in 1955.[4]

Land for the airport was taken by eminent domain. [5]

Bryan Elliott was manager of the airport in September 2003 when he presented a master plan to the City Council. [6]


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.[7] The projected cost of the project is $3,285,054.[8]

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.[9]

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. [10]

In 2020, a $700,000 study of the terminal is underway. The airport also plans to charge a pick-up and drop-off fee for ride-hailing services. [11]

Airlines and Destinations

Chicago - operated by American Eagle. Service began in June 2011[12]
Atlanta - operated by ExpressJet
New York LaGuardia - operated by Chataqua[13]
US Airways
Charlotte - operated by Piedmont Airlines and Air Wisconsin
Philadelphia - operated by Piedmont Airlines[13]
United Airlines
Washington Dulles - operated by Commutair[13]
Former Destinations
Detroit - operated by Delta and Northwest



  1. Web. Charlottesville Albemarle Airport names new executive director, Daily Progress Staff Reports, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, December 1, 2012, retrieved December 3, 2012.
  2. Web. Charlottesville Albemarle Airport sees a rise in passengers after tough months, Max Marcilla, News Article, WVIR NBC29, June 12, 2020, retrieved June 13, 2020.
  3. Web. Charlottesville City Council meeting minutes, .pdf, Council Chambers, City of Charlottesville, September 8, 1953.
  4. Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport Website,, retrieved on 7-9-2009
  5. Web. Airport Land Suit Question Argued, Staff Reports, Daily Progress Digitized Microfilm, Lindsay family, February 28, 1952, retrieved February 28, 2017 from University of Virginia Library.
  6. Web. Charlottesville City Council meeting minutes, .pdf, Council Chambers, City of Charlottesville, September 2, 2003.
  7. Web. CHO Runway Project Synopsis, Charlottesville-Albemarle Regional Airport, retrieved August 21, 2012.
  8. Web. Intention to Impose & Use PFC Application Number 20, Charlottesville-Albemarle Regional Airport, May 2, 2012, retrieved August 21, 2012.
  9. Web. Church ISO new home, Bill Emory, The Hook, August 1, 2012, retrieved August 21, 2012.
  10. Web. Charlottesville airport plans reconfiguration, expansion of terminal, Nate Deseline III, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, December 15, 2013, retrieved December 16, 2013.
  11. Web. Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport to charge ride-sharing companies for services, Nolan Stout, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, February 1, 2020, retrieved February 2, 2020. Print. February 1, 2020 page A1.
  12. Web. American offers CHO-Chi Town nonstop service, Lisa Provence, The Hook, Better Publications LLC, 1:55pm Monday Mar 14, 2011
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Web. Airlines serving CHO, Charlottesville Albemarle Airport, retrieved 19 July 2013.

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