Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport Article

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Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport
Lovell Field
CHA Airport Logo.png
Chattanooga Airport entrance.jpg
Passenger Terminal
Airport typePublic
Owner/OperatorChattanooga Metropolitan Airport Authority
Serves Chattanooga, Tennessee
Elevation  AMSL683 ft / 208 m
Coordinates 35°02′07″N 85°12′14″W / 35.03528°N 85.20389°W / 35.03528; -85.20389

35°02′07″N 85°12′14″W / 35.03528°N 85.20389°W / 35.03528; -85.20389
FAA Airport Diagram
FAA Airport Diagram
CHA is located in Tennessee
Location of airport in Tennessee
CHA is located in the US
CHA (the US)
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 (12 months ending July 2018)488,000

Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport ( IATA: CHA, ICAO: KCHA, FAA 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. It is included in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2019–2023, in which it is categorized as a small-hub primary commercial service facility. [3]

Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport has a single concourse with five gates. Commercial 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 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 "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.

Currently, a flight from Chattanooga to Atlanta can take 18 minutes (from wheels up to wheels down) flying on a Canadair Regional Jet (operated by Delta Connection) or Delta Air Lines MD-88.[ citation needed] 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.[ 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 air carrier operation in Tennessee took place in Chattanooga in 1928 at Marr Field, dedicated in December 1919, named for Walter L. Marr, and located off present-day Amnicola Highway. [7] Chattanooga was a stopover on the Contract Air Mail route served by Interstate Airlines between Atlanta, Georgia and Chicago, Illinois. 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 was established 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 also built at that time.

During World War II, Lovell Field served as a military training facility.

Post-war growth in aviation in the 1950s led to a transfer of the airport's operations to the City of Chattanooga and significant airport expansion with construction of a new runway, which serves as 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 building 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]

Facilities and aircraft

Runway 2-20

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 are the MD-80 series operated by Allegiant Air and Delta Air Lines. Delta had flown a regular mainline service for 48 years until withdrawing the service in 1995 in favor of its affiliates like Atlantic Southeast Airlines operating smaller regional jets, such as the CRJ-200, until deciding to reintroduce the service in the form of a DC-9 jet to Chattanooga in September 2012. [11] [12]

For the 12-month period ending June 30, 2018, the airport had 61,446 aircraft operations, an average of 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


Allegiant Air Orlando/Sanford, St. Petersburg/Clearwater [13]
American Eagle Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Philadelphia (begins May 3, 2019), [14] Washington–National [15]
Delta Air Lines Atlanta [16]
Delta Connection Atlanta, Detroit, New York-LaGuardia [16]
United Express Chicago–O'Hare, Washington–Dulles [17] [18]


FedEx Express Memphis


Top Destinations

Busiest domestic routes from CHA (August 2017 – July 2018) [19]
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) [19]
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. [23] [24]


  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 23 October 2018.
  3. ^ "NPIAS Report 2019-2023 Appendix A" (PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. October 3, 2018. p. 109. Retrieved October 12, 2018.
  4. ^ Pare, Mike (May 16, 2007). "Atlanta to Study Second Airport". Chattanooga Times Free Press. Retrieved February 7, 2013.[ permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Pare, Mike (May 29, 2007). "Officials Want 2nd Atlanta Airport Scenario Studied". Chattanooga Times Free Press. Retrieved May 30, 2007.[ permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Pare, Mike (August 18, 2011). "Vintage Jet Rides to New Home". Chattanooga Times Free Press. Retrieved December 8, 2011.
  7. ^ a b Jolley, Harmon (July 20, 2009). "Marr Field Preceded Lovell Field as Chattanooga's Airport". Retrieved 20 March 2013.
  8. ^ Pare, Mike (April 26, 2009). "Lovell Field naming rights could boost airport revenues". Chattanooga Times Free Press. Retrieved 20 March 2013.
  9. ^ "Master Plan Update" [Background] (PDF). Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport Authority. July 2010. pp. 2–1. Retrieved February 7, 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 February 7, 2013.
  11. ^ Pare, Mike (September 6, 2012). "Delta's Big Jets Return for Atlanta Flights". Chattanooga Times Free Press. Retrieved February 2, 2013.
  12. ^ Caldwell, Carla (June 12, 2012). "Delta Returns Daily [Mainline] Flight to Chattanooga After 17 Years". Atlanta Business Chronicle. Retrieved February 2, 2013.
  13. ^ "Allegiant Air Route Map". Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  14. ^ Hilario, Kenneth. "American Airlines to add N.C. & Tenn. flights from PHL in 2019". Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  15. ^ "Flight schedules and notifications". Retrieved 27 March 2017.
  16. ^ a b "FLIGHT SCHEDULES". Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  17. ^ "United adjusts Newark domestic network from Oct 2018". Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  18. ^ "Timetable". Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  19. ^ a b "OST_R BTS Transtats - CHA". Retrieved 23 October 2018.
  20. ^ "1972 Plane Hijacker, Co-Pilot Recount Ordeal". KTHV. May 25, 2011. Archived from the original on February 5, 2013. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  21. ^ 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 July 1, 2012.
  22. ^ Derner, Jr., Philip (November 10, 2011). "On This Day in Aviation History: November 10th". Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  23. ^ Accident description for N3323L at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 2018-10-23.
  24. ^

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