Officials Celebrate Construction of new Airport Parking, Rental Car Facility

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The $165.6 million, seven-story Consolidated Rental Car Facility (CONRAC) and skybridge project at the San Antonio International Airport (SAT) officially broke ground on Tuesday morning. The project, which includes the construction of a new structure that will house 13 rental car brands and provide short-term public parking within walking distance of both terminals, is projected to be completed by March 2018.

“Car rental customers are shuttled to rental agency locations, often inconveniencing or confusing them,” stated Aviation Director Frank R. Miller in a news release. “The new CONRAC will be located a few steps from the terminals so customers will save time, and the need for shuttle service will be eliminated.  Additionally, the facility will provide convenient short-term parking for travelers.”

Short-term airport visitors will be re-routed from the construction zone to park in the long term parking lot which has walkways and shuttle service to the terminals for $2 per hour, $11 per day. The other option is the public parking in the green lot (see map below), much further away, for $8 per day. Shuttles are available for the green lot, but between the traffic and construction, it’s not walkable.

Read more about this project in our previous coverage here.

A map of the San Antonio Airport's future construction.

A map of the San Antonio Airport’s construction.

 

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6 thoughts on “Officials Celebrate Construction of new Airport Parking, Rental Car Facility

  1. Sure. They celebrate disrupting the lives of thousands of San Antonians for the next two and a half years. . . .

  2. I was in Reno a week ago. They recently switched to a very similar approach. Compared to the old way of taking the bus to a remote lot their new system seemed very small and disorganized. Unless San Antonio is able to assign enough spaces for each rental company and have their car return area separated from the pick up area San Antonio visitors could be in for a disappointment.

  3. Wrong, wrong, wrong… Once again San Antonio shows its preference for the tourist industry rather than local non tourist businesses. This might be easier for the tourists but it is inconvenient for local business travelers trying to use the airport. We will never be a consider a good business location with such poor air service and airport. I’m tired of it…

    • You do realize almost every principal US airport now has or is planning/building a consolidated rent a car facility…cities like Austin, Nashville, Pittsburgh, San Diego not to mention most of the major hub airports? This type of set up is preferred by inbound business travelers and tourists alike. This should zero effect on local business travelers.

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