Conrac opens at Honolulu Airport – Rental operations

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The installation was funded by a daily fee of $ 4.50 for all rental cars, with construction starting in 2016.

Photo courtesy of the Hawaii Department of Transportation

A new Consolidated Rent-A-Car (Conrac) facility opened at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) on December 1, 2021, the Hawaii Department of Transportation announced.

Several car rental services will operate from the five-story, 1.8 million square foot facility: Alamo Rent A Car, Avis Car Rental, Budget Rent A Car, Dollar Rent A Car, Enterprise Rent-A- Car, Hertz, National Car Rental, Payless Car Rental, Sixt Rent A Car and Thrifty Car Rental. a Report from the associated press says there will be room for 4,500 vehicles.

The $ 377 million project to build the permanent facility began in 2016, with funding coming entirely from a daily customer installation charge of $ 4.50 for all rental cars.

A dedication was held for the new facility on November 30, where Governor David Ige highlighted the importance of the airport’s modernization projects.

Hawaii Department of Transportation Director Jade Butay added, “HNL Conrac began with planning for the $ 2.6 billion airport modernization program and continued with interim Conrac who allowed us to move the five car rental companies across the 11 acres we needed to make the Conrac a reality.

The art inside the installation features Hawaiian imagery and design, as seen here during the dedication ceremony.  - Photo courtesy of the Hawaii Department of Transportation

The art inside the installation features Hawaiian imagery and design, as seen here during the dedication ceremony.

Photo courtesy of the Hawaii Department of Transportation

Features of the HNL Conrac include: multi-level quick turnaround areas for washing and refueling rental vehicles; preparation and return areas; bus terminal; staging of the vehicle; a base of operations; and, a ground transportation hub for tour groups and the hotel, and other on-demand shuttle services that will come into service in early 2022. A final phase of restoration of the temporary Conrac space within the terminal 2 parking structure will restore a total of 727 parking spaces for public use.

The HNL Conrac is expected to receive Silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for using environmentally responsible construction practices, installing energy efficient appliances, and managing stormwater. The facility expects energy savings of 24% compared to the performance-based ASHRAE energy standard.

The Conrac artwork was created by Koloa artist Carol Bennett. The theme of the design is ahupuaʻa. The art on the first floor represents the earth through imagery of pili grass and activities such as kapa making. The art on the second floor represents water through images meant to evoke the rain, the ti plant and the fish.

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