Charlottesville Albemarle Airport renovation work ongoing
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The Charlottesville Albemarle Airport is a relatively new airport, built in 1992. But after 30 years, it needed some work.
"Some of our infrastructure had started to age pretty well," said Melinda Crawford, the executive director of the airport.
As many frequent Charlottesville fliers know, there was a need for a new escalator after the wear and tear wore it down.
"There were 60 percent of our passengers using that gate five area," Crawford said.
Since most of the people used one side of the airport, it was hard to find the space to accommodate that traffic and still provide the amenities people expect while traveling. That includes the escalators, but that's not all.
"We knew we needed to put at least two elevators into that parking lot because the change in grade is probably about two stories," added Crawford.
Having two elevators on each side will help improve movement to and from the parking lot.
"We really tried to make sure that it ties in together with the infrastructure integrity of this building," Crawford said.