Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport (CHO)

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100 Bowen Loop, Charlottesville, VA 22911, United States
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    Alexandra G.
    "You should only need to show up an hour early for your flight."(14 Tips)
    Adam B.
    "Nice small airport."(3 Tips)
    Marcia (@marciamarcia) C.
    "Big bag of Blue Ridge kettle corn from the newstand"(2 Tips)
    Samantha
    "Very nice outside seating area at gate"(2 Tips)
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  • Ronnie A.

    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

    Ronnie A. · June 18, 2012
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  • Sasha F.

    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!

    Sasha Farmer · November 7, 2012
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  • Doug S.

    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

    Doug S · November 19, 2012
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  • Blake S.

    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.

    Blake Sirach · August 24, 2014
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  • Samantha A.

    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

    Samantha Alleman · December 19, 2012
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  • Monique K.

    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.

    Monique Kelly · December 1, 2013
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  • Deborah R.

    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.

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  • rcooper

    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.

    rcooper · December 29, 2011
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  • David C.

    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.

    David Crosby · February 3, 2014
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  • jeb w.

    Bottled drinks inside security are approx. $1.90 which is cheaper than most of the bigger airports so grab your drinks before you leave. :-)

    jeb whiteside · May 16, 2011
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  • Cheryl L.

    Nice small airport, if u want some VA souvinears, get @ shop near security entrance, as there's no place inside to get them.

    Cheryl Lougie · May 21, 2013
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  • Ashleigh E.

    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.

    Ashleigh Edwards · November 8, 2010
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  • David B.

    if you show up early, you can head upstairs and kill time on the outdoor viewing deck

    David Bellona · September 1, 2014
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  • Robert P.

    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.

    Robert Packard · September 27, 2014
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  • Jeff H.

    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.

    Jeff Huettman · June 10, 2011
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  • Bob C.

    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!

    Bob C · February 25, 2011
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  • Ashley H.

    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.

    Ashley Hardee · April 10, 2011
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  • Kenney M.

    If you need to charge your phone, there are 8 desks with power outlets on the far end of the upper level.

    Kenney Marlatt · December 26, 2012
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  • Alexandra G.

    Free wifi. You should only need to show up an hour early for your flight. It's a small airport with short lines.

    Alexandra Gibson · May 23, 2010
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  • Jason H.

    If you're waiting at gate 5, there are desks with nice chairs & outlets by the window facing short term parking.

    Jason Hull · May 1, 2011
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  • Craig K.

    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

    Craig Kennedy · February 17, 2012
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  • Sasha F.

    The market sandwiches and wraps are excellent in the morning but soggy by end of day!

    Sasha Farmer · September 20, 2014
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  • Samantha

    Very nice outside seating area at gate 5 with great views of the mountains.

    Samantha · September 22, 2012
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  • Alex H.

    Always nice to have free airport wifi. The blue ridge kettle corn at the market is mighty tasty.

    Alex Hennessey · December 4, 2014
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  • J G.

    Make sure you eat before you come.. No restaurants just this little shop of nothings.. But the gate agents are very nice && helpful

    J Girt · October 20, 2014
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  • Ashleigh E.

    Security here is much tougher on liquids/gels/lotions being screened separately than at larger city airports.

    Ashleigh Edwards · November 18, 2012
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  • Marijean J.

    Coffee at the Market is priced be the cup size so go ahead and get a mocha.

    Marijean Jaggers · August 25, 2010
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  • Tasha P.

    The store sells stale pastries and sandwiches bring your own.

    Tasha Parker · June 18, 2012
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  • Michelle L.

    Small airport so you don't have to get there super early. Free wifi

    Michelle Larz · November 9, 2014
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  • Amy D.

    Come early to listen to Christian soft rock piping through the entire airport

    Amy Dumas · May 14, 2011
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  • Efstathios P.

    I love the people here. Great airport, short lines, excellent service.

    Efstathios Papadopoulos · July 17, 2014
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  • Amne H.

    Great little store after you go through security but not much else.

    Amne Harrington · August 7, 2014
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  • Marcia (@marciamarcia) C.

    Big bag of Blue Ridge kettle corn from the newstand is the best anywhere. At $2.99 a bag, well worth a try!

    Marcia (@marciamarcia) Conner · January 21, 2011
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  • Rob D.

    Never use dulles. Come through charlottesville for anything south of DC! Much easier!

    Rob Dresen · 3 weeks ago
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  • Pam U.

    Nice small airport, easy to get to, should only need to arrive 1 hr before flight.

    Pam Ulmer · October 10, 2013
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  • Ted S.

    The good at the new bar is okay but better than before. It is a little pricey.

    Ted Sindlinger · August 28, 2015
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  • Daniel G.

    Small airport. You'll get through security quickly and there is not much to do inside. Free Wifi is nice though

    Daniel Gizinski · July 19, 2011
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  • Bryan W.

    do not attempt a chat and cut. you will be shut down.

    Bryan Williams · August 21, 2011
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  • Megan M.

    Very small airport, so the whole process is a breeze.

    Megan McNeill · November 27, 2011
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  • Melissa B.

    Have a jacket in the winter. Think they're trying to save on their electric bill!

    Melissa Brown · December 15, 2011
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  • James H.

    Try not to laugh at the so called police in there little security hut that gets them angry

    James Halfaday · December 7, 2011
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  • Eunie C.

    Rocking chairs on the upper level. Free wi-fi

    Eunie C · December 20, 2013
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  • Chelsea L.

    At the airport with Allie and Jordan waiting for our flight to atlanta then to austin!

    Chelsea Lewis · December 19, 2011
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  • Steinar K.

    Forgot something? Target is just around the corner - south on 29 about 1/4 on your right.

    Steinar Knutsen · June 25, 2010
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  • Tasha P.

    TSA is very, very strict with liquids be sure they fit in the quart size bag.

    Tasha Parker · June 18, 2012
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  • Shelly H.

    Daily parking rate has increased from $8/day to $10/day.

    Shelly Hokanson · November 27, 2013
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  • Nick

    Attention rednecks: dip cans will set off the metal detector.

    Nick · April 16, 2012
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  • Samantha T.

    Really nice people working throughout this airport

    Samantha Turner · July 9, 2012
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  • Steinar K.

    Be sure to grab a magazine from the market for your flight

    Steinar Knutsen · October 10, 2010
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  • Aaron D.

    Don't show up too early. There's not a lot to pass the time in the terminal.

    Aaron D · April 30, 2010
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  • Teri H.

    I love using this airport. No long lines.

    Teri Humphries · June 1, 2014
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  • Abhi S.

    Arrived 2.11p for 2.28p flight. Like flying private; love cho

    Abhi Shelat · March 17, 2012
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  • Amy P.

    Complimentary coffee is always a plus!

    Amy Page · June 28, 2015
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  • Chanda F.

    Small & efficient! Love it!! :)

    Chanda Frenton · September 12, 2013
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  • Michael K.

    Lines are longest in the morning. Still only takes ~20 minutes

    Michael Kim · February 19, 2015
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  • Doug S.

    If you have an early flight, the Market opens @ 4:30AM.

    Doug S · February 12, 2011
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  • Andy A.

    Get the free WiFi, it's delish

    Andy Amendola · September 2, 2012
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  • Barrett T.

    Last United flight to Dulles leaves at 7pm weekdays.

    Barrett Tryon · November 16, 2011
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  • Emma B.

    Great potato salad at the market!

    Emma Brown · March 20, 2014
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  • Kris C.

    Avoid US Airways if at all possible.

    Kris Chislett · July 24, 2011
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  • Max K.

    Go out on the patio up on the roof through gate 5

    Max Kobelski · June 15, 2012
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  • Kari R.

    Apparently delays are not uncommon here.

    Kari Rippetoe · September 2, 2011
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  • Patrick L.

    No porn scanner at cho. Nice to see that gone.

    Patrick Le Floch · February 17, 2013
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  • Adam B.

    Nice small airport.

    Adam Banton · May 16, 2012
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  • Matt L.

    Free wifi is nice!

    Matt Litchfield · October 8, 2010
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  • Sarah G.

    Avoid Delta...they are horrible!

    Sarah G · December 19, 2011
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  • Eric S.

    Tougher security than communist Russia.

    Eric Shafer · April 12, 2012
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  • Ricky S.

    Do not enter hungry.

    Ricky Sherrill · February 14, 2015
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  • Marvin B.

    Try the airplanes!

    Marvin Black · December 28, 2011
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  • Kimberly

    I miss this place

    Kimberly · December 30, 2011
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