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National Kelowna Airport
Kelowna International Airport (YLW) is a public establishment owned by Transport Canada, but operated by the City of Kelowna. It is an international airport, handling airline companies that fly to several destinations in Canada, the United States and Mexico. Although its passenger traffic is recorded at just over 1.3 million per annum, it is regarded as one of the largest airports in the country. Passengers have access to a variety of options for ground transportation, as well as car hire companies, such as National Kelowna International Airport. National provides ideal car rental services for business travellers, and is well known around the world for their reasonable rental rates.
The YLW airport is located approximately 11.5km, or 7.1 miles from the city of Kelowna, and in the province of British Columbia. The city of Kelowna is reached in just ten minutes by vehicle when driving on Highway 97. Arriving passengers will find a single, and easy-to-navigate terminal building with a large range of facilities at their disposal. Everything at the airport is within easy walking distance, and clearly signposted. The terminal will also be expanded in the future, enabling the airport to handle up to 680 passengers per hour by 2015. The car rental counters of National are found within the terminal building, nearby to the baggage claim areas, and are open from Monday to Saturday between the hours of 06:30 and 22:30. They are also open on Sundays from 07:00 to 22:30. A vehicle from National is therefore convenient to collect at most hours of the day. A car can be hired directly over the rental counters, or in advance, from an online website that supports National car rental reservations. Online and in advance is preferable, as cheaper rental rates are then often secured.
National was established in 1947, and offers rental locations throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Pacific Rim, as well as in other parts of the world. The company is also part of a global strategic alliance with Europcar, and together, these two companies form the largest car rental network in the world. National’s services are mainly dedicated to the frequent airport business traveller. In the 1970’s they helped pioneer the corporate account business, and in 1987, introduced the first comprehensive frequent renter program in the industry. This program goes by the name of Emerald Club, and today has many members. Some of the program’s benefits include driving any vehicle but at only Midsize rental rates, faster rentals as customers can bypass the counters, faster returns with convenient e-receipts, fast online reservations, members-only discounts and free rental days. National also offers a convenient business benefits program for all their corporate rentals.
The Kelowna International Airport car hire companies all have an excellent selection of vehicles for hire. National’s cars are arranged into various categories, and are therefore hired accordingly, rather than by their specific make and model. However, should a specific car be required, National will do their best to ensure that its available for your arrival. Economy, Compact and Midsize cars are similar to the Suzuki Swift, Nissan Versa and Dodge Caliber, while Standard and Fullsize cars are similar to the Ford Fusion and Chevrolet Impala. Standard Hybrid cars such as the Toyota Prius could also be available. Sometimes groups of travellers require a minivan, therefore National hires the Dodge Grand Caravan for seven people, as well as the Chevrolet Express, which is a van able to accommodate up to fifteen passengers. There are many SUVs for hire as well, for example, the Ford Escape, Ford Explorer, Chevrolet Tahoe and Chevrolet Suburban.
Business travellers who need a car that will impress their associates should look at National’s Premium and Luxury vehicle categories, as from here the Buick Allure and Chrysler 300C can be requested. They are both cars with luxurious features and elegant interiors and exteriors. Convertibles can also be hired from National, such as the Chrysler Sebring. From Kelowna International Airport, one way hire services can be arranged for the majority of vehicles mentioned above. A car organised as a National one way hire can be returned to a different rental location.
For any vehicle, items such as child seats and satellite navigation systems can be arranged, and for certain types of automatic vehicles, National hand controls for disabled passengers can be requested. From the car rental companies of Kelowna Airport, hand controls should be reserved in advance, and are free of charge.
The primary renter for the cars offered by the Kelowna International Airport car rental companies will need to be at least 21 years of age, and will be asked to produce a valid driving license and major credit card. The cards accepted include American Express, Diner’s Club, Mastercard, Visa, Discover and GE Capital. Certain vehicle categories may require their drivers to be over the age of 25, and to have held their drivers license for at least two or three years in their country of residence before the car rental date. Passengers can contact National Kelowna International Airport for more information.
Kelowna Intl Arpt (YLWT01)
13-5533 Airport Way
Kelowna, BC V1V1S1
Telephone Number: (250)765-2800
Fax Number: (250)765-2882