Charlottesville–Albemarle Airport, or CHO, is categorized as a non-hub primary commercial service facility in Albemarle County, Virginia. The airport serves the Charlottesville/Albemarle region with non-stop flights to six major cities on the subsidiaries of three airlines (Delta, United Express, and American). In 2020 the airport had 90,555 aircraft operations, with 67% general aviation, 19% air taxi, 11% military, and 3% airline. The airport covers 710 acres and has one runway: 3/21, which is 6,801 by 150 feet (asphalt).
CHO opened in 1955 and was first served by Piedmont Airlines with Douglas DC-3s. In 1967, Piedmont brought the first jets, Boeing 727s, which necessitated the lengthening of the runway to 6,000 feet. The runway was again lengthened by 800 feet, a process that was completed in 2012. In addition, the airport is said to have undergone major construction in 2006. while the extent of this construction is unclear, the airport now boasts a 60,000-square-foot terminal with on-site rental cars and ground transportation.
The airport is located eight miles north of Charlottesville.
- CHO features general aviation services, including a full-service executive terminal by FBO Signature Flight Support, flight schools, emergency medical transportation, and aircraft charter firms.
- On the southernmost point of the airport property is white oak, the second-largest of its kind in all of Virginia. Between 250 and 300 years old, it is listed in Virginia Tech's Virginia Big Tree Database and the Remarkable Trees of Virginia Program.
- The Founders' Lounge is a quiet lounge area in gate 5 (opened 2019), featuring comfortable seating, conference rooms, tables, decor from local artists and artisans, and complimentary beverages and snacks. Access is permitted to all who purchase a day pass for a nominal fee.
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