A consolidated rental car facility (conrac) at the Seattle-Tacoma Airport (Sea-Tac) is finally announced to be completed in April 2012 — a facility that renters have paid fees for since Aug. 1, 2005. The facility was supposed to last open this last November, according to an article from Auto Rental News, with some extra time given to car rental companies to “ramp up operations.”
According to an article from the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce, the Sea-Tac conrac first went into planning 17 years ago, and stopped and re-started five different times since then.
The conrac was first funded by a $4 daily charge on rental car customers, which has since been raised to $5. Part of the original plan, on Feb. 1, this fee will be raised to $6, which was confirmed by Perry Cooper, manager/airport media and public affairs.
The overall cost, he said, came in at $419 million and will house 12 car rental brands: E-Z Rent A Car, Payless, Avis, Budget, Alamo, National, Enterprise, Dollar, Thrifty, Fox, Hertz and Advantage. The 2.1 million square-foot conrac also includes a bus maintenance facility, off-site road improvements, main terminal improvements and the bus purchase.
There will be 5,400 parking stalls on four floors, and the new spaces for rental cars is expected to free up about 3,200 parking spaces in the main terminal garage.