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Oklahoma City Council authorizes new airport car rental center

A new rental car area north of Will Rogers World Airport is expected to open early in 2015. Its estimated cost is $44 million.
by William Crum Published: August 14, 2013

The Oklahoma City Council on Tuesday gave the go-ahead for a new Will Rogers World Airport car rental center that's expected to open in the spring of 2015.

The council authorized the Oklahoma City Airport Trust to borrow up to $50 million for the project; the current estimate is $44 million.

The sleek center will serve airport needs well into the future while freeing up parking spaces near the terminal for visitors, Airports Director Mark Kranenburg said.

Drivers approaching Will Rogers on Meridian Avenue from Airport Road will see the center on their right, on a 35-acre site just before SW 54 Street.

CNG-powered buses will make the 3-minute run between the terminal and the center — a time Kranenburg said is among the best in the industry.

Tuesday was the public's first look at the architects' drawing, completed in the past few weeks, of the building's exterior.

Council members voted unanimously to authorize the project.

A charge on rental cars, now set at $4.50 per day, is to pay off the debt over 30 years at a rate of about $3 million per year.

The building is designed to accommodate 900 rentals — known as “ready-return” spaces — and consolidate rental company administrative, customer service and maintenance operations.

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by William Crum
OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman.
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