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CHO Passenger Traffic Steady Compared to Larger Airports

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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.

The beginning of 2014 has proved challenging. The airport had to cancel 11 flights as a result of recent snowstorms around the country, and Allegiant Airlines announced Friday it is canceling service to and from CHO as of February 23.

As a testament to the staff, though, Crawford says CHO was able to remain open during the recent rough weather. The canceled flights were a result of airport closures in Chicago and Atlanta.

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