Phoenix Approves Consolidated Facility Project

PHOENIX -- Plans for a $250 million car rental facility at Sky Harbor Airport are moving forward, despite objections from some on-airport car rental operators.

The Phoenix City Council on Sept. 25 authorized collection of a $3.50-per-day customer facility charge to finance the project. The surcharge goes into effect next June.

Before the council vote, Hertz executive Simon Ellis raised objections to the planned facility, arguing that the car rental industry is too unstable today to assume the extra financial burden. However, council members heeded the advice of Phoenix Aviation Director David Krietor and his staff, who advised them that the facility would ease airport congestion and make renting cars at the airport more convenient.

The facility will be constructed on a 140-acre site at 16th Street and Buckeye Road. The project's design team includes HKS Inc., Blunk Demattei Associates Architects, Transystems, and Dick & Fritsche Design Group.

Comment On This Story

Comment: (Max. 10000 characters)  
Please leave blank:
* Please note that every comment is moderated.

Newsletter: Sign up to receive latest news, articles, and much more.

Read the latest

Auto Focus Blog: A blog covering fleets, auto rental and the business of cars

Why Do We Visit Capitol Hill?

Members of the American Car Rental Association met with U.S. senators, representatives, and their aides last week. Here’s why bringing the message to this forum matters.

The Customer Isn’t Always Right

Not caving to a customer with a blatant agenda may have consequences, especially for a small rental company that relies on stellar Yelp ratings to advertise. But business integrity must prevail.

The Truth Behind Compact Van Depreciation

Why are large van values holding up better than their compact counterparts, and will it last?

Job Finder: Access Top Talent. Fill Key Positions.