San Antonio International Airport has officially opened their new Consolidated Renal Car Facility or CONRAC. The brand new, state of the art $178 million facility will allow travelers to conveniently access car rentals in one centralized, on-site location. The first two levels will be dedicated to be a short-term garage while the next five levels will be designated for car rental operations. Access to the rental car area will be available through the sky bridge, taking passengers directly from the airport's mezzanine level to the terminal which leads to the car rental front desks. The 1.8 million-square-feet facility houses 14 rental car companies, a quick turnaround area of fueling, vacuuming, washing and light maintenance in addition to roughly 2600 ready/return parking spaces. CONRAC eliminates the need for shuttles to take passengers from the airport to their rental car locations which will significantly improve traffic flow in the arrivals area.
"The airport continues to enjoy great success in several areas as we continue to set record passenger numbers, add additional air service and achieve national recognition for our fantastic customer service," said Russ Handy, aviation director for the City of San Antonio. "With the opening of the CONRAC, we now enjoy a state-of-the-art structure that provides customers with the convenience of an on-site, consolidated rental car facility, truly offering a first-class experience to those visiting San Antonio and the region." The city also invested substantial resources to improve the aesthetics of the airport which includes detailed lightning and public art installations created by local artists Suzy Gonzales and Michael Menchaca. The artwork celebrates 300 years of San Antonio history, focusing on the airport's culture, architecture and role in aviation history. The city is home to the second oldest airport in the United States and has played a major role in the development of military aviation.