Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport
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Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport
Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport

Lovell Field
CHA Airport Logo.png
Chattanooga Airport entrance.jpg
Passenger Terminal
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
FAA Diagram
FAA Diagram
CHA is located in Tennessee
CHA is located in the United States
CHA (the United States)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
2/20 7,400 2,256 Asphalt
15/33 5,575 1,699 Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Aircraft operations61,446
Based aircraft89
Departing passengers 488,000

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.[1] 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.[3]

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.

It has been proposed that a new high-speed rail line be built to MARTA in metro Atlanta, so that it could serve as Atlanta's second airport.[needs update][4][5]

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.[6]


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.[7] 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.[7]

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.[8] 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.[9]

The current passenger terminal, designed by Gensler, opened in 1992.[10]

In 2011, a 1 megawatt solar farm located on the southwest corner of the airfield was constructed.[11] An additional 1.1 megawatts were added to the solar farm in the summer of 2013.[12] By 2017, the farm was providing approximately 90% of the airport's electricity.[13]

Facilities and aircraft

Runway 2-20

Lovell Field covers 950 acres (380 ha) and has two asphalt runways: 2/20 is 7,400 x 150 ft (2,256 x 46 m) and 15/33 is 5,575 x 150 ft (1,699 x 46 m).[1]

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.[14][15]

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.[1]

Airlines and destinations



FedEx Express Memphis


Top Destinations

Busiest domestic routes from CHA (August 2017 - July 2018)[20]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Atlanta, Georgia 212,370 Delta
2 Charlotte, North Carolina 99,850 American
3 Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 45,670 American
4 Chicago-O'Hare, Illinois 41,930 American, United
5 Newark, NJ 23,090 United
6 Detroit, Michigan 19,550 Delta
7 Orlando-Sanford, Florida 16,360 Allegiant
8 St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Florida 15,900 Allegiant
9 Washington-National, D.C. 11,720 American
10 New York-LaGuardia, NY 1,290 Delta

Carrier shares

Carrier shares: (Aug 2017 – July 2018)[20]
Carrier Passengers (arriving and departing)

Accidents and incidents

  • 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 injured in the incident, but the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.[24][25]
  • in February 2019 a delta airlines MD-90 from Milwaukee to Atlanta made an emergency landing after an engine failure caused by a lightning strike the video can be found here


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for CHA (Form 5010 PDF), effective October 11, 2018
  2. ^ "AirNav: KCHA - Lovell Field Airport". Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ "NPIAS Report 2019-2023 Appendix A" (PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. October 3, 2018. p. 109. Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ Pare, Mike (May 16, 2007). "Atlanta to Study Second Airport". Chattanooga Times Free Press. Retrieved 2013.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Pare, Mike (May 29, 2007). "Officials Want 2nd Atlanta Airport Scenario Studied". Chattanooga Times Free Press. Retrieved 2007.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Pare, Mike (August 18, 2011). "Vintage Jet Rides to New Home". Chattanooga Times Free Press. Retrieved 2011.
  7. ^ a b Jolley, Harmon (July 20, 2009). "Marr Field Preceded Lovell Field as Chattanooga's Airport". Retrieved 2013.
  8. ^ Pare, Mike (April 26, 2009). "Lovell Field naming rights could boost airport revenues". Chattanooga Times Free Press. Retrieved 2013.
  9. ^ "Master Plan Update" [Background] (PDF). Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport Authority. July 2010. pp. 2-1. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 20, 2011. Retrieved 2013.
  10. ^ Pickering, Andrew; Steinert, Ron (2004). The Passenger Experience: Gensler Airports. New York City: Edizioni Press, Inc. p. 62. ISBN 1-931536-14-7. Retrieved 2013.
  11. ^ "Suniva Powers 1 MW Solar Farm at Chattanooga Airport". Business Wire. San Francisco, California. February 2, 2012. Retrieved .
  12. ^ Madewell, John (December 6, 2018). "Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport expands solar, almost ready to "go off grid"". WTVC News Channel 9. Chattanooga, Tennessee. Retrieved .
  13. ^ Pare, Mike (April 25, 2017). "Chattanooga Airport eyes growing its solar farm". Chattanooga Times Free Press. Chattanooga, Tennessee. Retrieved .
  14. ^ Pare, Mike (September 6, 2012). "Delta's Big Jets Return for Atlanta Flights". Chattanooga Times Free Press. Retrieved 2013.
  15. ^ Caldwell, Carla (June 12, 2012). "Delta Returns Daily [Mainline] Flight to Chattanooga After 17 Years". Atlanta Business Chronicle. Retrieved 2013.
  16. ^ "Allegiant Air Route Map". Retrieved 2017.
  17. ^ "Flight schedules and notifications". Retrieved 2017.
  18. ^ a b "FLIGHT SCHEDULES". Retrieved 2017.
  19. ^ "Timetable". Retrieved 2017.
  20. ^ a b "OST_R BTS Transtats - CHA". Retrieved 2018.
  21. ^ "1972 Plane Hijacker, Co-Pilot Recount Ordeal". KTHV. May 25, 2011. Archived from the original on February 5, 2013. Retrieved 2012.
  22. ^ Welsch, Anthony (May 25, 2011). "Convicted Hijacker Shares Story, Details 1972 Threat to Oak Ridge". WBIR. Archived from the original on February 9, 2013. Retrieved 2012.
  23. ^ Derner, Jr., Philip (November 10, 2011). "On This Day in Aviation History: November 10th". Retrieved 2012.
  24. ^ Accident description for N3323L at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 2018-10-23.
  25. ^

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