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New rental-car option coming to the airport

Michael McLaughlin
The Aspen Times

The Aspen-Pitkin County Airport will have another rental-car option available to the public in 2015.

Brian Grefe, the airport’s assistant aviation director, spoke to the Pitkin County commissioners Tuesday during a work session and presented the results of a rental-car concession request for proposals issued in September.

He recommended awarding five nonexclusive car-rental concession agreements at the airport to Hertz, Avis, Budget, Alamo/National and Go Rentals, to be approved at a later commissioners’ meeting.

The county currently has concession agreements at the airport with four car-rental operators: Avis, Budget, Hertz and National/Alamo. In anticipation of the expiration of the current agreements on Nov. 30, the county issued a request for proposals as many as five rental-car providers, as the airport currently has counter and storage space for a fifth operator.

The top proposals were based on the highest minimum annual guarantee proposed for the three-year term of the contracts. The county received seven bids, with Hertz as the top bidder at $983,400. Hertz will occupy the largest space, with more than 23,000 square feet of car storage and parking available.

The other bid totals are Avis at $856,026, Budget at $765,828, Alamo/National at $435,336 and Go Rentals at $405,000. The other four contracts will give the companies storage of between 13,500 and 16,000 square feet. The companies could choose which rental storage site they wanted based on the highest bids, with space and location the two top factors.

“These are basically a privilege fee,” Grefe said. “They still have to pay the lot fees and counter rental charges.”

Enterprise and Dollar/Thrifty Rentals will have lease agreements for “off airport” rental agreements with the county. Neither company will have a booth or car storage at the airport, but both can pick up and drop off vehicles for passengers and must pay an airport concession fee.

For the five on-site rental companies, compensation to the county will be the minimum annual guarantee proposed or 10 percent of gross revenue from business derived at the airport, whichever is greater.

“The fifth provider we’re adding this year won’t make a huge financial difference for the airport,” Grefe said. “But it will give the airport users another opportunity, or option, from where they can rent vehicles.”

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