CHO: longer runway means more directs

The local airport director explains to the Cavalier Daily how adding 800 feet to its main runway could eventually mean fatter jets and direct service to Boston, Orlando, Newark, and Chicago.

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Currently many people drive to Richmond to get a long flight--taking a Delta/USAir shuttle to the hubs at Charlotte NC or Atlanta GA doubles the price of many tickets. Local taxis charge anywhere from $100.00 to $150.00 for the 70 mile drive drive to Richmond.

You know, now that I think about it the proposition that the runway needs to be extended by 800' to accommodate larger planes is rubbish. The runway already handles larger jets about a dozen times during the football season - and has for years. 757s land regularly, as do 737s. In fact, an Air Force 757 that sometimes flies the Vice President does touch-and-go landings all the time (or used to - I haven't been close enough to notice for the past year).

Why the need for a longer runway when it's already long enough for the flights the home and visiting football teams take? Sounds like somebody wants to spend some of our $ on something irrelevant.

That assumes they can fill those fatter jets. Filling a 40-seat commuter jet flying to a hub is a lot different than filling a 150-seat jet flying to a destination.

I always go to either Richmond or Washington DC for flights. CHO is just too expensive. Jim is absolutely correct. Why pay 100-150$ to fly from here to RIC or IAD/DCA when I can take a bus from here to IAD for 20$. Also there's no bus service to/from the airport. It's too bad too. CHO is a nice airport.

Could not agree more. I am going to Boston in May and roundtrip flight from Charlottesville is approximately $450 plus tax, the round trip from Richmond is $200 (USAirways) ! It is worth the drive with this amount of difference in costs.

The article only says they'll go to 70-seat jets, and they're considering 90-seat jets. With the savings in parking fees and gas, as well as the time saved in not driving to Richmond or Dulles, prices only have to be competitive, not equal, to those departure locations for this to be a win for Charlottesville residents.

Of course, those living by the airport or under flight paths may have a different opinion with respect to noise levels and frequence of added flights.