Last updated: 03:00 PM ET, Wed June 17 2015

San Diego Airport Completes New Car Rental Center Building

Car Rental & Rail | Donald Wood | June 17, 2015

San Diego Airport Completes New Car Rental Center Building

Travelers are looking for the most efficient usage of their time when using an airport, and those visiting the San Diego International Airport will be happy to learn that the initial construction of a new car rental center was completed Tuesday.

According to, the airport celebrated the completion of the two million-square-foot building on Tuesday, but it is not expected to be open to the public until January 2016, when it will be filled with different rental car companies.

As the airport is currently situated, most of the car rental companies are located off North Harbor Drive, which causes traffic headaches in the area. The hope from airport officials is the consolidated building will reduce rental car traffic.

The on-site car rental building would also help alleviate the need for a number of shuttle buses that can also cause traffic congestion, eventually cutting down from 81 buses to 16 when the center opens.

When asked about the project by, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority board chairman, Robert Gleason, said, “This particular project will greatly improve the customer experience for the traveling public who rent cars at San Diego International Airport.”

The new building in San Diego’s airport will host 10 car rental companies and 16 brands, and it has the capacity to hold over 5,000 vehicles. Officials estimate that the project will cost a total of $316 million when everything is accounted for and the building is operational.

In addition to the center, builders also added an interior airport roadway for shuttle buses and emergency personnel in order to alleviate the congestion on North Harbor Drive. The busses themselves will also undergo changes, as the airport says each will use alternative fuels.

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