Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport
|Owner/Operator||Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport Authority|
|Elevation AMSL||683 ft / 208 m|
Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport (IATA: CHA, ICAO: KCHA, FAA LID: CHA) (Lovell Field) is five miles (8 km) east of downtown Chattanooga, in Hamilton County, Tennessee. The airport is owned and operated by the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport Authority. It is a Class C airport serviced by Chattanooga Approach. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2019-2023 categorized it as a small-hub primary commercial service facility.
Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport has one concourse with five gates. Airline service is provided by United Express, Delta Air Lines, American Eagle, and Allegiant Air. General aviation is serviced by Wilson Air Center FBO. The general aviation ramp is in two locations, one on the South side of the main terminal and the other to the North. The locations are referred to as "Air North" and "Air South." General aviation can find service at either location. In August 2011, Wilson Air Center opened up a facility on the west side of the field.
A flight from Chattanooga to Atlanta can take as little as 18 minutes, wheels up to wheels down, on a Delta Connection Canadair Regional Jet or Delta Air Lines MD-88. When operations in Atlanta are interrupted, Chattanooga is one of the first to receive diversions.
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.
The first scheduled airline flight in Tennessee took place in Chattanooga in 1928 at Marr Field, dedicated in December 1919, named for Walter L. Marr, off present-day Amnicola Highway. Chattanooga was a stopover on the Contract Air Mail route served by Interstate Airlines between Atlanta and Chicago. Charles Lindbergh, the world-famous aviator who had piloted the Spirit of St. Louis over the Atlantic Ocean in May 1927, flew into Marr Field on October 5, 1927.
In 1930, due to the interest and foresight of John Lovell, a new Chattanooga Airport opened with an unpaved runway at its present location and was named Lovell Field in his honor. In 1936, the landing area was expanded and runways paved as a part of the New Deal's Works Progress Administration (WPA). The original terminal building was built at that time.
During World War II Lovell Field was a military training facility. Growth in aviation in the 1950s led to a transfer of airport operations to the City of Chattanooga and airport expansion with a new runway, the primary runway today. The original terminal building, dating from the 1930s, was expanded in 1950 and 1955 by the city before being replaced by a new terminal in 1964.
The Airport's ownership was transferred from Chattanooga to the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport Authority (CMAA) in July 1985.
In 2011, a 1 megawatt solar farm located on the southwest corner of the airfield was constructed. An additional 1.1 megawatts were added to the solar farm in the summer of 2013. By 2017, the farm was providing approximately 90% of the airport's electricity.
The largest aircraft currently serving the airport are the A319/A320 and MD-80 series operated by Allegiant Air and Delta Air Lines respectively. Delta had flown a mainline service for 48 years until withdrawing in 1995 in favor of affiliates like Atlantic Southeast Airlines operating smaller regional jets, such as the CRJ-200, until deciding to resume DC-9 flights to Chattanooga in September 2012.
For the 12-month period ending June 30, 2018, the airport had 61,446 aircraft operations, average 168 per day: 51% general aviation, 25% air taxi, 15% military, and 10% scheduled commercial. In October 2018 there were 89 aircraft based at this airport: 47 jet, 29 single-engine, 12 multi-engine, and 1 helicopter.
|Allegiant Air||Orlando/Sanford, St. Petersburg/Clearwater|||
|American Eagle||Charlotte, Dallas/Fort Worth, Philadelphia, Washington-National|||
|Delta Air Lines||Atlanta|||
|Delta Connection||Atlanta, Detroit, New York-LaGuardia|||
|United Express||Chicago-O'Hare, Washington-Dulles|||
|2||Charlotte, North Carolina||99,850||American|
|3||Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas||45,670||American|
|4||Chicago-O'Hare, Illinois||41,930||American, United|
|8||St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Florida||15,900||Allegiant|
|10||New York-LaGuardia, NY||1,290||Delta|
|Carrier||Passengers (arriving and departing)|