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Rental car center marks anniversary
By A.B. Snedeker

December 8 marked the first anniversary of the opening of Hartsfield-Jackson’s rental car center. The facility consolidates all car rental companies and their operations into a single location, which is easily accessible from the Airport.

“Everything I’ve heard from customers and the rental car agencies indicates that Hartsfield-Jackson’s rental car center is a huge success,” said Aviation General Manager Louis Miller. “This capital infrastructure investment will pay dividends for our passengers for many years to come.”

Since it opened on December 8, 2009, more than 1.5 million vehicles have been rented at the facility — nearly 7 percent more than in the previous year.

“I travel quite a bit, and this is really the nicest rental car facility I’ve seen,” said E.C. Meckes of southern Florida. “I couldn’t believe how quickly we had our bags and were at the center picking up our car.”

Getting customers like Meckes to the facility so quickly is the ATL SkyTrain, the automated people mover that connects the terminal with the rental car center. The ATL SkyTrain makes the scenic, five-minute trip nearly 500 times a day and has traveled more than 465,500 miles since it began service.

Since it opened, the ATL SkyTrain has carried more than 3.4 million passengers to and from the rental car center, with an operational reliability rate of 99.88 percent.

The Georgia International Convention Center, which connects to the rental car center and the Airport via the ATL SkyTrain, is seeing benefits from this capital investment.

“In its first year of operation, the ATL SkyTrain has already proven to have a positive impact on our business. We are finishing this calendar year with revenue increases in spite of the sluggish economy,” said Executive Director Hugh Austin. “With our two new Marriott hotels now open, we are a very unique and much more desirable meeting destination. Being directly connected to the busiest and best-run airport in the world, we offer our clients a new level of convenience.”

The rental car center is the second major capital construction project to be completed at Hartsfield-Jackson as part of its 10-year, $6 billion-plus capital development program. Runway 10-28, the fifth runway, opened in May 2006 and handles about 100,000 aircraft operations annually.

The final major capital project to be completed will be the Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal. Construction is scheduled to be complete in spring 2012 on the international terminal and its 12-gate concourse.

Rental car center

Happy birthday, rental car center and ATL SkyTrain! They began service on December 8, 2009.

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