Airport drops out of lawsuit against Port

Date: 27 AUG 2018posted by Car Rentaledited by WinX

The San Diego Regional Airport Authority has dropped out of the lawsuit against the Port of San Diego over the car rental fees that would go towards building the new Chula Vista Bayfront parking structure. The San Diego International Airport had previously joined Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Hertz Corporation in their lawsuit against the Port for they believed the fee levied upon their businesses is unlawful since it is actually a tax and would require a two-thirds voter approval.

On the other hand, the Port maintains the rental fee is permitted by law without voter approval since the San Diego International Airport, Enterprise and Hertz are all tenants of the Port. The Port of San Diego had instated the fee in April with the goal raising $5 million a year to help fund the parking structure, which is within the 535-acre Chula Vista Bayfront development project. The parking structure has planned for 1600 vehicle capacity. The Chula Vista Bayfront development project will also include a new convention center, hotel, shopping center and other amenities. Both car rental companies contested the new parking structure would not benefit their customers. With the development project approximately 10 miles from the airport, neither car rental companies see their customers renting a vehicle to drive only 10 miles.

While the Airport Authority joined the lawsuit while the airport "does not object to the imposition of the fee on rental car transactions occurring off airport property. The Port's fee on an on-airport transportation mode is unprecedented and should include input from the Airport Authority." The Port Authority had cut a separate deal with the Airport Authority by stating they would not raise future rental fees and promised the Airport Authority the respect of 30 days notice before enforcing any other fees going forward. Enterprise and Hertz are still continuing their lawsuit against the Port.

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