SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio City Council approved the construction of a $163 million, multi-level consolidated rental car facility at San Antonio International Airport Thursday morning.
The seven-story, 1.5 million-square-foot facility would be funded by a customer facility charge paid by people who rent cars at the airport.
Located directly across from the airport terminals, the facility would be accessible via a pedestrian sky bridge.
The new building would house up to 13 car rental companies and would provide short-term public parking, replacing the airport's 30-year-old hourly parking garage.
"The new facility will reduce traffic congestion around the airport and will make it easier for customers who park at the airport," said Aviation Director Frank R. Miller.
Currently, drivers who rent cars at the airport are required to take shuttles to their respective rental car companies. In some cases, the companies are located well outside airport property, and far apart from each other.
Rental car companies appeared to be excited for the new project, which essentially levels the playing field and promises to boost business.
To make room for the project, the hourly parking garage will be closed and demolished. Hourly parking will be temporarily relocated and free shuttle bus service will be provided to and from all airport parking lots.
Construction is scheduled to begin this summer. The facility is expected to open March 2018, with public levels set to open at an earlier date.