Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport

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Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport
Lovell Field
CMAA.jpg
IATA: CHAICAO: KCHAFAA LID: CHA
Summary
Airport typePublic
Owner/OperatorChattanooga Metropolitan Airport Authority
ServesChattanooga, Tennessee
Elevation AMSL683 ft / 208 m
Coordinates35°02′07″N 85°12′14″W / 35.03528°N 85.20389°W / 35.03528; -85.20389Coordinates: 35°02′07″N 85°12′14″W / 35.03528°N 85.20389°W / 35.03528; -85.20389
Map
CHA is located in Tennessee
CHA
Location in Tennessee
Runways
DirectionLengthSurface
ftm
2/207,4002,256Asphalt
15/335,5751,699Asphalt
Statistics (2008)
Aircraft operations79,354
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1]
 
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Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport
Lovell Field
CMAA.jpg
IATA: CHAICAO: KCHAFAA LID: CHA
Summary
Airport typePublic
Owner/OperatorChattanooga Metropolitan Airport Authority
ServesChattanooga, Tennessee
Elevation AMSL683 ft / 208 m
Coordinates35°02′07″N 85°12′14″W / 35.03528°N 85.20389°W / 35.03528; -85.20389Coordinates: 35°02′07″N 85°12′14″W / 35.03528°N 85.20389°W / 35.03528; -85.20389
Map
CHA is located in Tennessee
CHA
Location in Tennessee
Runways
DirectionLengthSurface
ftm
2/207,4002,256Asphalt
15/335,5751,699Asphalt
Statistics (2008)
Aircraft operations79,354
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1]
FAA airport diagram

Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport (IATA: CHAICAO: KCHAFAA LID: CHA), also known as Lovell Field, is a public airport located five miles (8 km) east of the central business district of Chattanooga, a city in Hamilton County, Tennessee, United States. The airport is owned and operated by the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport Authority.[1] It is a Class C airport serviced by Chattanooga Approach.

Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport has a single concourse. Commercial service is provided by connection carriers for several major airlines. General aviation is serviced by TAC Air FBO. The general aviation ramp is split into two locations, with one on the South side of the main terminal, and the other to the North. The locations are respectively referred to as "TAC Air North" and "TAC Air South." General aviation can find service at either location, although business jets are preferred at North, and military and other miscellaneous traffic is preferred at South. In August 2011, Wilson Air Center opened up a facility on the west side of the field.

Currently, a flight from Chattanooga to Atlanta can take 17 minutes (from wheels up to wheels down) flying on a Canadair Regional Jet (operated by Delta Connection). When flight operations in Atlanta are interrupted, Chattanooga is one of the first airports to receive diversions.

It has been proposed that a new high-speed rail line be constructed from the airport to MARTA in metro Atlanta, so that it could easily serve as Atlanta's second airport.[2][3]

Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport was home to the 241st Engineering Installation Squadron (241 EIS) of the Tennessee Air National Guard until late 2010, when the squadron moved to a Bonny Oaks facility near the airport.[4]

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Facilities and aircraft

Lovell Field covers an area of 950 acres (380 ha) which contains two asphalt paved runways: 2/20 measuring 7,400 x 150 ft (2,256 x 46 m) and 15/33 measuring 5,575 x 150 ft (1,699 x 46 m).[1]

The largest aircraft currently serving the airport is the MD-80.

For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2006, the airport had 77,361 aircraft operations, an average of 211 per day: 57% general aviation, 24% air taxi, 14% military and 5% scheduled commercial. There are 115 aircraft based at this airport: 53% jet, 31% single-engine, 14% multi-engine and 2% helicopter.[1]

Airlines and destinations

AirlinesDestinations
Allegiant AirOrlando-Sanford, St. Petersburg/Clearwater (FL)
American EagleChicago-O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth
Delta Air LinesAtlanta
Delta Connection operated by ExpressJetAtlanta, Detroit
US Airways Express operated by Air WisconsinCharlotte
US Airways Express operated by Piedmont AirlinesCharlotte
US Airways Express operated by PSA AirlinesCharlotte, Washington-National

In 2011, budget carrier Vision Airlines launched the airport's fourth low cost route in the airport's history to Destin, Florida; the route was cut after 2 months as Vision Airlines scaled back operations.

Top Destinations

Top ten busiest domestic routes out of CHA
(March 2011 - February 2012) [5]
RankCityPassengersCarriers
1Georgia (U.S. state) Atlanta, GA139,000Delta
2North Carolina Charlotte, NC67,000US Airways
3Michigan Detroit, MI21,000Delta
4Illinois Chicago-O’Hare, IL19,000American
5Florida Orlando-Sanford, FL18,000Allegiant
6Texas Dallas-Fort Worth, TX15,000American
7Florida St. Petersburg, FL15,000Allegiant
8Washington, D.C. Washington-Reagan, DC10,000US Airways

Cargo

Runway 2-20
AirlinesDestinations
FedEx ExpressMemphis

Accidents and incidents

On November 11, 1972, Southern Airways Flight 49, a hijacked McDonnell Douglas DC-9 with 31 passengers and 3 crew members aboard, landed at Lovell Field from Knoxville's McGhee Tyson Airport to pick up $10 million that three hijackers had demanded. After picking up the ransom money, which actually amounted to between $2 million and $2.5 million, the plane took off, bound for Havana, Cuba.[6][6][7][8]

On November 27, 1973, Delta Air Lines Flight 516, a McDonnell Douglas DC-9, crashed short of the runway on approach to the airport. None of the 79 passengers and crew were killed in the incident, but the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

On September 19, 2007, a small twin turboprop plane ran out of fuel and crashed into the Brainerd Village Mall parking lot, which is only 2000 feet from the runway. The plane skidded into a telephone pole, into two parked cars, and then hit a car traveling on Brainerd Road, which runs parallel to Lovell Field. All three passengers, including the pilot, sustained major injuries but no one was killed. The person in the car traveling on Brainerd Road sustained no injuries.[9]

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