September 19, 2008

Logan Adds Fee for Rentals


Customers who rent cars at Logan International Airport will be hit with a new $4-per-day fee beginning Dec. 1.

Massport approved the "customer facility charge" yesterday to help fund further research and design for a new, centralized car rental facility at the Boston airport that is estimated to cost $453 million.

Airport officials hope to consolidate the six rental car companies that operate at Logan into one facility, with a common ticketing area and single shuttle bus service powered by low- polluting fuels, by 2012. The move would free needed space at the airport and reduce traffic, noise and emissions caused by the car rental agencies each operating their own shuttles to and from terminals.

The fee also would apply to rental car companies located outside the airport that use courtesy vehicles to transport customers from Logan to their sites and others that service airport customers who don't hold Massachusetts licenses.

Some 1 million airport customers a year rent cars for an average of four days each through the on- and off-site agencies. Using those figures, Massport could raise $16 million a year through the fees.

Customer facility charges are the standard financing method used by airports to fund consolidated rental car facilities, according to Massport. If it fails to proceed with the project, the funds would go toward other improvements to benefit Logan's car rental companies.

Originally published by By DONNA GOODISON.

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