The Charlottesville/Albemarle airport might be expanding. There are currently 5 gates, and it is an extraordinarily convenient airport when everything works. However, more often than not, things don’t work.
Pickering said he believes people who fly out of Charlottesville are more willing to pay for convenience rather than driving to Richmond or Washington Dulles. The Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport offers nonstop flights to Charlotte, N.C., Philadelphia, New York LaGuardia, Washington Dulles, Detroit, Cincinnati and Atlanta.
The report said the airport might also be able to offer flights to Chicago O’Hare, Dallas-Fort Worth, Newark, N.J., and Orlando, Fla., although Pickering said restrictions on the number of flights to and from the airports and the length of the runway needed for takeoff may present a problem.
When it works, it’s beautiful. For now, whenever I fly, I tend to drive to Richmond; it’s less than 90 minutes away, and if my flight gets cancelled, there is almost always another one. With Charlottesville, it’s frequently stay-the-night roulette.
Proximity to a reliable airport is more and more common, particularly with the National Grounds Intelligence Center and the telecommuters who live in the Charlottesville area.
When clients ask me what impact the airport has on real estate values my response is – “Dulles hasn’t harmed real estate in Northern Virginia.”