Airport construction to close part of long-term parking

Thursday, February 18, 2010 at 1:51pm
Staff reports

Construction of a new 900,000-square-foot consolidated rental car facility will begin Monday at Nashville International Airport.

The $70 million project will create more than 350 construction jobs during the 18 months it takes to complete the project. It will be paid for with fees charged for rental car use, referred to as customer facility charges.

Airport officials do not anticipate construction to cause traffic delays. During construction a portion of Long Term A will be closed; but visitors can also park at the former Overflow lot, now re-opened as Long Term B. For the first week of construction, Feb. 22-26, visitors may park free of charge for one day in Long Term B.

The new facility will be located in the airport’s Long Term A lot, adjacent to the north side of the existing short-term parking garage. When construction is complete, rental car companies will be relocated from the short-term garage and terminal areas to the new facility.

An additional 600 covered parking spaces in the current short-term garage will be available when the facility opens in November 2011.

The new rental car facility – with room for 10 rental car agencies and 2,400 cars – includes numerous environmentally sustainable features, including the use of recycled water for washing rental cars, energy-efficient lighting, a lighting management system to adjust light levels based on natural lighting, and a greenscreen wall covered in vegetation.

It also will include a quick-turnaround facility with car wash bays and fueling stations. This will save 800,000 miles of driving per year by not having to send the rental cars off-site for service.

“This facility will help us continue to provide passengers with the Nashville Airports Experience – the best possible experience at the airport, and is going to be a great addition to BNA,” said Raul Regalado, MNAA president and CEO. “It will make the rental car process more efficient and environmentally friendly.”

3 Comments on this post:

By: concernedtaxpayer on 2/18/10 at 6:22

For anyone that does not know, this is paid for by the $4.50/day CFC fee on rental car contracts.

By: localboy on 2/19/10 at 8:59

Wish they could take some of those funds and purchase back the big shuttles for use in the economy and long term lots - the little ones fill up fast. Bad move when they made the switch.

By: concernedtaxpayer on 2/19/10 at 3:26

That is not possible. The CFC fee (Consolidated Facility Charge) is targeted toward tourists coming in to pay for the rental car facility. As a result, the money can not be used for any other costs. Also, the smaller buses are better because they are easier to drive on the property and are better to use when the airport is not as busy.