Dec. 16, 2013
The Charlottesville Albemarle Airport (CHO) is getting a makeover. CHO officials are in the planning stages of an expansion and renovation to the passenger terminal.
CHO officials say the airport was built more than two decades ago, and some of the facilities are in need of an upgrade.
"We have a lot of customers that have been very loyal to us, and we want to make sure that when they are traveling through they have the best experience they can," said CHO executive director Melinda Crawford.
The biggest change will be to the security screening checkpoint, which will move across the rotunda to where the market and deli currently sit. The new layout will create more space for passengers to line up for security.
"Not only will allow passengers to move through in a more fluid motion, but it will allow for expansion should something come down the line with security measures in the future," Crawford said
According to Crawford the aim of the renovation is to improve the customer experience. She says the Albemarle Charlottesville area has grown and changed, and now the airport must meet the needs of the passengers.
"There used to be a difference in the passenger type of traffic that was coming through; more business," said Crawford. "Now we are seeing more families, and we want to do things that can accommodate all of our passengers."
The plans also include a new business center on the upper level of the airport.
Work will begin in phases next summer, and the airport will remain fully functional.
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