A new dedicated car hire facility is due to open at Glasgow Airport next week. The facility will house the service offices and facilities of all the car hire providers operating at Scotland’s second busiest air gateway.
Major car hire providers currently with onsite facilities at Glasgow International are Avis, Budget, Europcar, Enterprise and Hertz and its Dollar-Thrifty subsidiaries. The construction budget for the car hire centre is £4 million and is part of a larger project to wipe out traffic congestion at the airport.
The facility is beside the airport’s Terminal 2. This terminal serves budget carriers like Jet2 and Ryanair and is a few minutes’ walk from the main passenger building. Glasgow is also set to unveil a new pay-to-use pick up and drop off centre which it says will improve vehicle throughput.
Construction work is still in progress on this structure, but it is due to welcome its first patrons in less than three months. It is being built across from the main passenger terminal.
Although Glasgow has been charging drivers for picking passengers up since 2007, when the new facility opens they will have pay to drop off too. The controversial kiss and drop-off charge will be £2 and will give drivers a maximum window of 10 minutes to enter and exit the facility.
Anyone needing longer than 10 minutes will still have to pay to use the nearby short term-car parks. Drivers who require longer to unload passengers and their belongings have the option of the long-stay car park which is free for the first 30 minutes. Frequent shuttle buses run from here to the passenger terminals.