Frequently Asked Questions

What time does the Airport open? How early should I arrive at the airport for my flight?

The terminal building is open 24/7. TSA screening opens at 4:00 a.m. The airlines recommend that all passengers arrive at the airport 1 1/2 hours prior to their departure time. This ensures that both the passenger and all baggage will make it through the screening process in time to make the flight.

Are electronic devices such as laptop, cell phone, or pager allowed through security screening?

These items may go through screening. However, please be prepared to turn them on and operate them for the security screening personnel.

Is there an ATM available?

Yes, ATM service is located in the ticketing area, as well as the lower level concourse after passing through security.

Who do I contact if I lost an item?

CHO Airport utilizes the web application, Crowdfind, to manage items turned into our lost and found. Please visit our Lost and Found page for more information.

Is a shuttle available at the Airport?

Yes, for your convenience we offer a parking shuttle. The shuttle operates in our parking lots throughout the day and night, concentrating on peak arrival and departure times and can be reached at 434-906-5171.

Where is parking for a disabled person?

All handicap parking is located in the Short Term Parking Lot.

Is there a limit on the number of carry-on bags?

One carry-on plus a personal item such as a purse or briefcase is allowed. The carry-on must meet the size requirements of the airlines.

Are there restrictions on the size of carry-on or checked luggage?

Yes. Most airlines follow TSA guidelines which allow each passenger to have 1 carry-on luggage in addition to a purse or brief case; although rules regarding the number of free checked bags vary from airline to airline. Carry-on luggage must weigh less than 40 pounds and must be less than 22” X 14” x 9”. Checked luggage must weigh less than 50 pounds and must not exceed an overall size of 62 inches, which is the total of length X width X height = 62 inches. For additional information, contact the airlines.

May I escort someone to the gate?

Airlines may provide gate passes for those escorting the disabled, elderly or children to the gate. Please contact your airline for the approval process.

May I drop off or pick up passengers at curbside?

Yes. The curbside drop off or pick up is allowed; however, leaving car unattended is prohibited. If you arrive and your passenger is not ready, you must proceed along the Airport roadway. 30 minutes free parking is available in the Short Term Parking Lot adjacent to the terminal building.

Are wheelchairs available in the Airport?

Yes, wheelchair assistance is available through the airlines.

How long is the runway?

Runway 3-21 is 6,801 ft. long and 150 ft. wide. The runway is grooved asphalt and is served by a full parallel taxiway system.

Is there a minimum legal altitude an airplane must maintain?

Federal Aviation Regulations specify a minimum altitude of 1000 feet over congested areas and 500 feet over non-congested areas. The exceptions to this rule are helicopters and aircraft that are in the process of taking off or landing.

What is the elevation and longitude/latitude of the airport?

The elevation of the runway is 639 feet. Coordinates: 38° 8′ 19.1″ N, 78° 27′ 10.3″ W

Are smaller, regional aircraft safe?

Yes. The high safety record achieved by regional airlines equals that of the major airlines. Jet engines power all regional aircraft, whether a turbo with propellers on the outside-or a turbofan with fans inside the engine casing. Turboprops are well suited to regional flights. They are designed to fly shorter distances more economically than large jets. Regional airlines operate under identical FAA regulations and safety standards as major airlines – including pilot training and rest requirements, safety equipment, and dispatching procedures.