Photos courtesy of Perry Cooper, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Media and Public Affairs Manager The outside of the top floor customer service area. This is where shuttle buses will pickup passengers to return them to the airport. Drop-off will take place on the other side.   (Click here to view full photo gallery.)

Photos courtesy of Perry Cooper, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Media and Public Affairs Manager

The outside of the top floor customer service area. This is where shuttle buses will pickup passengers to return them to the airport. Drop-off will take place on the other side.

 

(Click here to view full photo gallery.)

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 interior of the customer service area, which includes a 25,000 sq.-foot lobby that will house all the rental car counters.

The interior of the customer service area, which includes a 25,000 sq.-foot lobby that will house all the rental car counters.

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.

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