CHO airport faces tough times

CHO airport faces tough times

On his blog today, local Realtor Jim Duncan points to a report just released by the Business Travel Coalition that names the Charlottesville airport as one of the top 100 regional airports threatened by rising fuel costs.

The report does not rank the top 100 airports among themselves, but merely lists them based on criteria ranging from proximity to other airports, to previous fluctuations in service, and a mix of business and leisure travel. Other airports on the list are in Roanoke, Daytona Beach and Ithaca, New York. The group also released a list of 50 larger airports that it deems to be threatened, including Norfolk and Richmond.

Duncan expresses some skepticism about the Business Travel Coalition, but points out that CHO’s own website is quite transparent about the challenges it faces. Possible Chicken Little-ism aside, it is sobering to think about a universe without airports in Charlottesville, Richmond, Norfolk OR Roanoke. Have you tried parking at Dulles lately?

Is the sky falling? Some people think our own little airport might become a victim of high jet fuel prices.

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