CHO Passenger Traffic Steady Compared to Larger Airports
Passenger traffic at Charlottesville Albemarle Airport (CHO) is steady compared to last year. That's good news, because larger airports are taking a hit.
The numbers say CHO's 2013 ridership was down by about 1,300 passengers. When you compare that to more than 400,000 passengers in total, it's really not much of a change.
Executive Director Melinda Crawford says the airport fared much better than many of its competitors. Factors like bad weather and seat reductions on many large airlines contributed to the drop in flyers, but Crawford says they were able to fill the gaps well.
When United Airlines reduced seats on their flights to LaGuardia Airport in New York, Delta was able to add more.
"We can only fly as many passengers as we have seats in the aircraft, so we work continuously to work with our airlines to tell them the story about this great area and what a wonderful market we have," Crawford said.