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Budget Kelowna Airport
Kelowna International Airport is quite a large airport in the country of Canada, serving around 1.39 million passengers per annum. Although other Canadian airports have millions more passengers, such as Vancouver and Toronto, Kelowna’s airport is considered as one of the busiest in Canada. It is found nearby the city of Kelowna, in British Columbia, and is recognised by its code of YLW. For arriving passengers, there are a few Kelowna International Airport car hire companies, such as Budget. This car rental company is well known for their ‘budget’ rental rates, and their high quality vehicles. They are therefore a popular choice for business and leisure travellers.
Kelowna’s airport is about a ten minute drive from the city on Highway 97, and is a single-runway airport with a single passenger terminal currently capable of handling up to 400 passengers per hour. The terminal building will, however, be expanded quite dramatically over the next years, and before 2015 and 2025. By 2015 the airport is estimated to be handling approximately 1.6 million passengers per annum. The airport is well equipped with all facilities required by arriving and departing passengers. There are a few shops and restaurants, a board room and a Visitor Information Kiosk where useful information regarding tourism and transport for the area is available. The airport is also fully accessible to disabled passengers. The car rental companies are conveniently found nearby to the arrivals area, and are easily accessed from all parts of the airport. Budget’s rental counters are open at this location from 06:30am to 12:15am every day of the week, besides on Saturday, when they are open from 06:30 to 11:00pm.
Budget’s vehicles are parked nearby to the terminal building, at the south end of the short-term parking lot. They are within walking distance of the airport’s facilities. Kelowna Airport is also one of Budget’s Fastbreak Counter locations, which means that all their Fastbreak members enjoy faster service at specially dedicated rental counters. The service is available to loyal customers who frequently rent vehicles from the company, and is designed to help the customer save time and money. Reservations are quicker and easier, and there is no lengthy paperwork to complete every time a car is required. A frequent renter as defined by Budget is someone who has hired a vehicle three or more times from any Budget car rental location. When applying for the membership, proof of three rental contracts may be required.
The Kelowna International Airport car rental companies have an excellent selection of cars for hire. Budget’s in particular are of many shapes and sizes, and are of all varieties. There are small and affordable models such as the Hyundai Accent and Ford Focus, as well as luxury cars similar to the Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Car that will have higher rental rates, but are ideal for business presentation purposes. Vehicles of a medium size include the Dodge Avenger, Ford Fusion and Chevy Impala, while larger vehicles are considered similar to the Ford Edge, an SUV. Certain SUVs, minivans and passenger vans seat more than the usual five people, and are ideal for groups of travellers. For seven the Dodge Caravan, Ford Explorer and Ford Expedition are ideal, while for eight there is the Ford Expedition EL. The Ford Econoline is a good choice for more than eight passengers. Even convertibles can be hired from Budget Kelowna International Airport, such as the Chevrolet Camaro, Ford Mustang and Volvo V70.
Budget is one of the special car rental companies of the world that allows certain of their vehicles to be hired by specific make and model. These cars are found in the Street Fleet category, and can be hired online or over the rental counters. However, an advanced reservation is often considered best. Keep in mind as well that not all of the Street Fleet vehicles are available at every Budget location. Examples of cars in this category are the Mitsubishi Eclipse Coupe, Toyota Prius Hybrid, BMW X3, BMW 328 and the Ford Mustang.
Budget’s customers will need to be at least 25 years of age to hire from the car groups of G, H, F, W, V, L and K, and at least 21 years of age to hire from all other categories. Anyone driving the vehicle must meet these age requirements, and must present a valid driving licence. The primary renter will also require a major credit card, as debit cards are not accepted at this rental location. Keep in mind that drivers under the age of 25 will pay higher rental rates, and that Canadian G1 and G2 licences are not accepted. Persons from a foreign country will need a license in English or French, or will require an International Driving Permit. Budget one way hires can be arranged, however, cross-border rentals are more tricky to organise. Vehicles may be permitted into the United States, with a limited amount of mileage per day, but are not allowed into Alaska or Mexico. Permission must be acquired from Budget for a cross border rental from Kelowna International Airport. One way hires are when the vehicle is returned to another rental location, but not necessarily driven out of the country. The service can be more convenient, but may incur additional charges.
For your rented car, GPS units and child seats can be hired, and Budget hand controls for disabled drivers are free of charge. From Kelowna Airport, hand controls and all other items of equipment are recommended to be reserved in advance. Contact Budget for all further car rental information required.
Budget Car Rental
14-5533 Kelowna Intl Apt
Kelowna, BC V1 V 1S1 CA
Telephone Number: 250-491-7368