April showers have finally brought May flowers, but any time it’s precipitating at the Charlottesville Albemarle Airport, some passengers boarding or leaving airplanes will have a dry passage—at least part of the way.

The airport purchased four portable jet bridges—covered ramps—earlier this year to eliminate the movable steps between a plane and the tarmac that have typically greeted airline travelers heading to and from the terminal.

“The mobile ramps were just one phase of our plan to improve the aircraft loading/unloading experience at CHO,” says airport spokesman Jason Burch.