New changes are coming to the Charlottesville Albemarle Regional Airport. A runway extension is already in place, and a new security checkpoint is coming soon to help ease airport congestion.
For the last few years CHO has been working on the 800 foot runway extension project. It allows passenger regional jets to take off without seating restrictions.
The new security checkpoint is schedule to open soon. CHO officials have been working with the Transportation Security Administration to approve the new checkpoint.
Without the additional lane, the airport was working with one single security checkpoint, which caused backups especially during the busy morning schedule when there are at least six flights with 600 people flying out of CHO. The airport has outgrown that single lane, so airport officials are hopeful that the additional X-ray machine means less stress for flyers.
"Well, hopefully it's going to mean a smoother (experience), and less wait time in the line so they can get to their flights, so it's kind of a Christmas present to our passengers a more expeditious security checkpoint," said CHO Executive Director Bill Pahuta.
The single security checkpoint can handle about 120 people in an hour, so with the addition the airport will breeze double the travelers through security screenings handling about 300 per hour.