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CHO Airport: The Big Dig!

Friday, January 29th, 2016

Some people called it Snowzilla. Some people called it Winter Storm Jonas. Some people just called it a lot of snow. Regardless of what name you bestowed upon it, there’s no denying the fact that central Virginia just received a tremendous dumping of snow. CHO Airport was not spared from this wintry assault from Mother Nature, which included nearly 19” of snow, whipping winds, and bone-chilling temperatures. The airlines halted service at CHO Airport beginning Friday morning and didn’t resume until early Sunday afternoon. Even though there were no planes taking off or landing at the airport during the storm, the airport was far from quiet during that time frame. In fact, it was buzzing with activity! Our snow removal team was hard at work digging, plowing, and scraping the runway, taxiway, stairs, sidewalks, parking lots, and nearly every other surface you can imagine to get operations back up and running as quickly as possible – and it’s no easy feat!DSC_0486

It takes an entire team of people working around the clock to remove these mammoth amounts of snow from CHO Airport. This dedicated team was out there in the elements, braving the cold and snow so airport operations could resume shortly after the last flake fell. And when you’re talking about removing a foot and a half of snow from a runway that measures 6,800 feet in length, it requires some BIG pieces of machinery!

Snow plows equipped with 22-foot blades were out in full force, along with front-end loaders, and snowblowers capable of whisking snow off of critical airport surfaces. To take care of parking areas, steps, and sidewalks, the equipment is a bit scaled down in size, but the end result is the same – to remove the snow as quickly as possible to get the airport back up and running!DSC_0204

Thanks to the herculean efforts of this dedicated staff of workers, CHO Airport resumed commercial air service on Sunday and the terminal slowly started coming back to life as passengers began filtering back through the doors. While snowstorms may be an inevitable part of winter in Charlottesville, know that you can always count on the team here at CHO Airport to make fast work of the snow to get you up in the air and off to your destination! DSC_0566On the bright side, it does make for some great photo opportunities. Those snow-covered mountains in the distance sure do look beautiful! But if snow just isn’t your thing, don’t fret – spring is only about 6 weeks away!

5 Tips For Stress-Free Holiday Travel at CHO Airport

Friday, November 20th, 2015

UntitledIt might be hard to believe, but the holiday season is almost upon us. Families everywhere are stocking up on turkey, potatoes, yams, cranberry sauce, stuffing (or is it dressing?) and all of the other familiar fixings that we have grown accustomed to at our Thanksgiving meals. Gathering around the table with loved ones at the holidays is a treat that many look forward to all year long. For many folks, this means some sort of air travel is involved. Indeed, the week of Thanksgiving does contain some of the busiest travel days of the entire year – but this travel doesn’t have to be stressful! With just a little bit of planning, patience, and a positive attitude, your Thanksgiving travels can get off without a hitch. Here are five simple tips to take your stress levels down five BIG notches!

  • Online check-in services. Take advantage of online check-in services offered by most airlines and print your boarding pass from the comfort of home or your office the day before your flight. This saves time and puts you one step ahead before you even arrive at the airport. Speaking of arriving at the airport…
  • Untitled2Arrive EARLY. Arrive early, even if you do the online check-in option the day before. The airport terminal opens up at 4:00 am, with the ticket counters and security checkpoint area opening up around 4:15 am. Plan on everything taking a little bit longer than you would normally expect. Allow extra time for parking. Allow extra time for longer lines at the ticketing counters. Allow for extra time at the security checkpoint. At CHO Airport, we recommend arriving at least two hours prior to your flight’s scheduled departure to give yourself plenty of time and help cut down on the stress factor. Shuttle service is available at CHO Airport to transport you from the parking lots to the terminal and vice versa. To make a long story short, there’s no such thing as arriving too early. Doesn’t having a little extra time on your hands after the security checkpoint sound better than scrambling and rushing just to make sure you make your flight?
  • Make sure your baggage is in order. Know what’s allowed and what isn’t allowed in your carry-on baggage and make sure the size of your carry-on is acceptable, according to the guidelines provided by your airline. If you’re unsure of what can and can’t go in your carry-on bag, be sure to check TSA’s “Can I Bring My…” website, or better yet, download their app to your smartphone, which will tell you exactly which items are and aren’t allowed. If checking any bags, know the weight beforehand, so you aren’t hit with any surprise charges or fees on your big travel day. To further ease stress with your baggage, pack as light as you can. Avoid bringing any items that aren’t completely necessary.
  • Take a deep breath. You’ve gotten through security, so you’re in the homestretch! Now is a good time to take a deep breath and relax before boarding your plane. Grab a bite at our new restaurant, the Turbo Grill. If the weather is nice, check out the views on our observation deck. It’s also a good time to check the status of your flight, because as we all know, everything doesn’t always go according to plan. Which brings us to tip number five…
  • Untitled3Expect the unexpected! Sometimes things happen that are completely out of your control. Flights may be delayed or canceled due to weather. Inclement weather in another part of the country can have a ripple effect on flight schedules, so it pays to check up on this in advance. In the event of delays or cancelations, keep in communication with your airline and keep a level head. Nobody likes to be stuck at the airport, but a positive attitude can go a long way in making sure you arrive at your destination safe and sound!

As mentioned before, with a little bit of planning, patience, and positivity, there’s no reason for anything but smooth travels. Besides, just remember that you’ll be sitting around the dinner table with your family (and that delicious turkey) before you know it! Safe travels and happy Thanksgiving from CHO Airport!