An interim car rental facility is now open at Honolulu International Airport.
The new facility, located on the eastern half of the Overseas Parking Structure, consolidates the five existing car rental companies on the airport premises into one location: Advantage, Avis, Budget, Hertz, and National. It also features a new car wash, fueling stations, customer service building and car pick-up/return areas.
Visitors we spoke to said this facility is much more convenient.
“I like that it’s clean and the obvious way to go, so it was easy to find the way,” said traveler Hanna Persson. “That’s a plus when you don’t know the airport and when you’re heading toward your next flight.”
The building is a short walk across the street from the Overseas Terminal and Baggage Claim area. Busing accommodations between the airport and car rental facility are provided.
“Consolidating the existing car rental locations will greatly improve the efficiency of operations and boost customer satisfaction,” said Ford Fuchigami, HDOT Director.
The $30.9 million project began in February 2014, and is funded by a Customer Facility Charge which consists of a daily charge of $4.50 for all rental cars.
The HNL Interim Car Rental Facility project enables the car rental companies to operate from the interim facility while the permanent Consolidated Rental Car Facility (CONRAC), a major component of the Hawaii Airports Modernization Program, is built to the east of the Overseas Parking Structure where the current rental car companies are located.
The 5-story permanent CONRAC will feature approximately 2,250 parking stalls compared to the current 895 existing parking stalls. It will also have a common busing operation utilized by all the car rental companies that will transport passengers between the CONRAC and airport. All customers will be able to take the same shuttle to the new facility instead of waiting for the individual company vehicle.
It is expected to open in late 2020.