Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport (CHO)

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  • Alexandra G.
    "You should only need to show up an hour early for your flight."(15 Tips)
    Adam B.
    "Nice small airport."(3 Tips)
    Marcia (@marciamarcia) C.
    "Big bag of Blue Ridge kettle corn from the newstand"(2 Tips)
    Efstathios P.
    "Great airport, short lines, excellent service."(2 Tips)
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  • Sasha F.
    Sasha FarmerNovember 7, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Great sandwiches from the Market, but no restaurants. Airport is small and a breeze but don't come less than 30 minutes before your flight or they may not be able to take your bag! Love this place!
  • Ronnie A.
    Ronnie A.June 18, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    As a frequent flyer, this is one of the best airports to leave out of (assuming your flight isn't delayed or canceled. If it is, good luck finding another flight.) No lines, friendly staff, free Wi-Fi
  • Monique K.
    Monique KellyDecember 1, 2013
    All of the flights aren't on the monitors so for a first time flyer I got a bit panicky until the crew assured me I was at the right gate. Pretty small, clean, and efficient.
  • David C.
    David CrosbyFebruary 3, 2014
    Our family was very happy to learn that Joshua from United Airlines works at this airport now. I have a disabled Mother that loves him so much. He makes you feel so happy and you can see he cares.
  • Blake S.
    Blake SirachAugust 24, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Small airport, but don't underestimate the security line. Recommend getting there 1 hour ahead. Sometimes 3 or so flights will take off around the same time, leading to congestion.
  • David B.
    David BellonaSeptember 1, 2014
    if you show up early, you can head upstairs and kill time on the outdoor viewing deck
  • Doug S.
    Doug SNovember 19, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Nov2012: CHO says to arrive at least 90 min before 5-7AM departures for parking, ticketing and security (esp. over Thanksgiving). Terminal opens at 3:30AM; airline ticket counters open by 4:15AM
  • rcooper
    rcooperDecember 29, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Pick up a sandwich in the store, even if you'll be in another airport for lunch during a layover. Guaranteed its a better sandwich than you'll find at other airports! You'll be glad you thought ahead.
  • Cheryl L.
    Cheryl LougieMay 21, 2013
    Nice small airport, if u want some VA souvinears, get @ shop near security entrance, as there's no place inside to get them.
  • jeb w.
    jeb whitesideMay 16, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Bottled drinks inside security are approx. $1.90 which is cheaper than most of the bigger airports so grab your drinks before you leave. :-)
  • Sasha F.
    Sasha FarmerSeptember 20, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The market sandwiches and wraps are excellent in the morning but soggy by end of day!
  • Samantha
    SamanthaSeptember 22, 2012
    Very nice outside seating area at gate 5 with great views of the mountains.
  • Kenney M.
    Kenney MarlattDecember 26, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    If you need to charge your phone, there are 8 desks with power outlets on the far end of the upper level.
  • Alex H.
    Alex HennesseyDecember 4, 2014
    Always nice to have free airport wifi. The blue ridge kettle corn at the market is mighty tasty.
  • Reaux P.
    Reaux PackardSeptember 27, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Yes, it's a small airport, but that's welcoming for a number of travelers. Still, expect most long flights to involve a layover at a busier hub.
  • Efstathios P.
    Efstathios PapadopoulosJuly 17, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    I love the people here. Great airport, short lines, excellent service.
  • Ashleigh E.
    Ashleigh EdwardsNovember 8, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Waiting area at Gate 5 has a lovely view of the fall colored trees and mountains for those who may not see them again for awhile.
  • Samantha A.
    Samantha AllemanDecember 19, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Get here early if you have to check in a bag. 2 times I've had issues with them b/c of small ticketing staff. 1st time guy was on his smoke break, 2nd time the line made the check in 1 min after time
  • Bob C.
    Bob CFebruary 25, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Parking: All lots are $8/day, so if you're there more than one day, park in short term, it's closer to the terminal!
  • Carrie B.
    Carrie BevisSeptember 3, 2016
    Very small airport, but you can still grab a drink and a sandwich there before you board
  • Michelle L.
    Michelle LarzNovember 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Small airport so you don't have to get there super early. Free wifi
  • Aiden K.
    Aiden KirchnerJune 5
    Been here 25+ times
    If you need a cab, call or text me Aiden @ 5402944887 & I'll pick you up from the Airport.
  • Deborah R.
    Deborah Rutter | Broker @ NESTMay 3, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Do NOT be in a hurry to get off and get your bags here...the speed (or lack thereof) of the baggage claim is disproportionately SLOW compared to the size of the airport...ONE baggage carousel.
  • Rob D.
    Rob DresenApril 13, 2016
    Never use dulles. Come through charlottesville for anything south of DC! Much easier!
  • Ashleigh E.
    Ashleigh EdwardsNovember 18, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Security here is much tougher on liquids/gels/lotions being screened separately than at larger city airports.
  • Pam U.
    Pam UlmerOctober 10, 2013
    Nice small airport, easy to get to, should only need to arrive 1 hr before flight.
  • Ashley H.
    Ashley HardeeApril 10, 2011
    Market closes at 7pm on Sundays. Don't count in eating dinner at this airport. Pick something up on way in or out - much better bet.
  • Tasha P.
    Tasha ParkerJune 18, 2012
    The store sells stale pastries and sandwiches bring your own.
  • Amy D.
    Amy DumasMay 14, 2011
    Come early to listen to Christian soft rock piping through the entire airport
  • Jason H.
    Jason HullMay 1, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    If you're waiting at gate 5, there are desks with nice chairs & outlets by the window facing short term parking.
  • Jeff H.
    Jeff HuettmanJune 10, 2011
    Small airport with one television on the first floor. Volume to low on it or don't like the channel? Controls are on the right side of the TV.
  • Eunie C.
    Eunie CDecember 20, 2013
    Rocking chairs on the upper level. Free wi-fi
  • Chanda F.
    Chanda FrentonSeptember 12, 2013
    Small & efficient! Love it!! :)
  • Amne H.
    Amne HarringtonAugust 7, 2014
    Great little store after you go through security but not much else.
  • Marcia (@marciamarcia) C.
    Marcia (@marciamarcia) ConnerJanuary 21, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Big bag of Blue Ridge kettle corn from the newstand is the best anywhere. At $2.99 a bag, well worth a try!
  • Ted S.
    Ted SindlingerAugust 28, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The good at the new bar is okay but better than before. It is a little pricey.
  • Aiden K.
    Aiden KirchnerMay 31
    Been here 25+ times
    I'm Cab #161 w/ Yellow Cab of Charlottesville. If you need a ride from CHO I'm your guy!
  • Melissa B.
    Melissa BrownDecember 15, 2011
    Have a jacket in the winter. Think they're trying to save on their electric bill!
  • Craig K.
    Craig KennedyFebruary 17, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    You used to be able to get away with being at the airport 30 mins before a flight if you weren't checking luggage. The airport's gotten busier and now you need 45 mins min
  • Alexandra G.
    Alexandra GibsonMay 23, 2010
    Free wifi. You should only need to show up an hour early for your flight. It's a small airport with short lines.
  • Marijean J.
    Marijean JaggersAugust 25, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Coffee at the Market is priced be the cup size so go ahead and get a mocha.
  • Teri H.
    Teri HumphriesJune 1, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    I love using this airport. No long lines.
  • Chelsea L.
    Chelsea LewisDecember 19, 2011
    At the airport with Allie and Jordan waiting for our flight to atlanta then to austin!
  • J G.
    J GirtOctober 20, 2014
    Make sure you eat before you come.. No restaurants just this little shop of nothings.. But the gate agents are very nice && helpful
  • Samantha T.
    Samantha TurnerJuly 9, 2012
    Really nice people working throughout this airport
  • Emma B.
    Emma BrownMarch 20, 2014
    Great potato salad at the market!
  • Abhi S.
    Abhi ShelatMarch 17, 2012
    Arrived 2.11p for 2.28p flight. Like flying private; love cho
  • Amy P.
    Amy PageJune 28, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Complimentary coffee is always a plus!
  • Shelly H.
    Shelly HokansonNovember 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Daily parking rate has increased from $8/day to $10/day.
  • Andy A.
    Andy AmendolaSeptember 2, 2012
    Get the free WiFi, it's delish
  • Nick
    NickApril 16, 2012
    Attention rednecks: dip cans will set off the metal detector.
  • Megan M.
    Megan McNeillNovember 27, 2011
    Very small airport, so the whole process is a breeze.
  • Ian S.
    Ian SaulDecember 1, 2016
    Why have monitors on the wall, if they don't display accurate flight info? Even the staff stated "those never work, and when they do, they're wrong"...
  • Tasha P.
    Tasha ParkerJune 18, 2012
    TSA is very, very strict with liquids be sure they fit in the quart size bag.
  • James H.
    James HalfadayDecember 7, 2011
    Try not to laugh at the so called police in there little security hut that gets them angry
  • Michael K.
    Michael KimFebruary 19, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Lines are longest in the morning. Still only takes ~20 minutes
  • Doug S.
    Doug SFebruary 12, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    If you have an early flight, the Market opens @ 4:30AM.
  • Max K.
    Max KobelskiJune 15, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Go out on the patio up on the roof through gate 5
  • Bryan W.
    Bryan WilliamsAugust 21, 2011
    do not attempt a chat and cut. you will be shut down.
  • Adam B.
    Adam BantonMay 16, 2012
    Nice small airport.
  • Barrett T.
    Barrett TryonNovember 16, 2011
    Last United flight to Dulles leaves at 7pm weekdays.
  • Steinar K.
    Steinar KnutsenOctober 10, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Be sure to grab a magazine from the market for your flight
  • Marvin B.
    Marvin BlackDecember 28, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the airplanes!
  • Steinar K.
    Steinar KnutsenJune 25, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Forgot something? Target is just around the corner - south on 29 about 1/4 on your right.
  • Patrick L.
    Patrick Le FlochFebruary 17, 2013
    No porn scanner at cho. Nice to see that gone.
  • Daniel G.
    Daniel GizinskiJuly 19, 2011
    Small airport. You'll get through security quickly and there is not much to do inside. Free Wifi is nice though
  • Ricky S.
    Ricky SherrillFebruary 14, 2015
    Do not enter hungry.
  • Eric S.
    Eric ShaferApril 12, 2012
    Tougher security than communist Russia.
  • Kimberly
    KimberlyDecember 30, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    I miss this place
  • Matt L.
    Matt LitchfieldOctober 8, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Free wifi is nice!
  • Aaron D.
    Aaron DApril 30, 2010
    Don't show up too early. There's not a lot to pass the time in the terminal.
  • Kari R.
    Kari RippetoeSeptember 2, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Apparently delays are not uncommon here.
  • Kris C.
    Kris ChislettJuly 24, 2011
    Avoid US Airways if at all possible.
  • Sarah G.
    Sarah GDecember 19, 2011
    Avoid Delta...they are horrible!
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