CHO Celebrates 50th Anniversary

By: Jeremy Settle
By: Jeremy Settle

August 25, 2005

It's been a half-century of flights for the Charlottesville Albemarle Airport. Today, CHO officials and their invited guests celebrated the airport's 50th anniversary. They took a look at the airport's history, and its importance in the community.

The city, county, state, and federal governments came together to construct the facility at a cost of about $1,000,000 back in 1955.

"The airport was constructed at a cost of about one million dollars, and the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle county, federal government, and the commonwealth of Virginia all came together to construct this facility. Today that initial one million dollar investment has grown to over 56 million dollars in investment in terms of capital improvements," explained Bryan Elliott, the Airport Authority's Executive Director.

Officials say they are looking forward to even more improvements over the next 50 years, including runway and parking lot expansion projects in addition to facility renovations.

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