Ottawa International Airport is also known as the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport, in honour of John A. Macdonald and George-Etienne Cartier, and has the official IATA code of YOW. The airport is located approximately 10.2km, or 6.3 miles south of downtown Ottawa, and is rated as the sixth busiest airport in Canada, as it handles around 4.5 million passengers per annum. The airport’s facilities include car hire companies, such as Hertz Ottawa International Airport, and they provide quality vehicles for passengers in need of private transport. Hertz is well known around the world as the largest and longest standing car rental company, and offers competitive rental rates for their airport customers.
Hertz at Ottawa International Airport is open from 06:30 to 01:00 on weekdays, on Saturdays from 07:00 to 01:00 and on Sundays from 08:00 to 01:00. The airport passenger terminal is open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Passengers who arrive on domestic flights from other Canadian cities will collect their baggage from the carousels in the public area of the terminal, while passengers on international and transborder flights will collect their belongings from the carousels in the Canada Customs Hall, and will pass through Customs and Immigration before leaving the arrivals area. The airport has a new, single terminal building that was completed in 2003. It is fully equipped with a wide range of passenger facilities, including baggage storage services, bank machines, currency exchange facilities, many airport shops and restaurants and wheelchair accessible toilets.
The Ottawa International Airport car hire companies, including Hertz, are found at the airport Parkade, which is located just across the street from the passenger terminal. Passengers will easily be able to walk to their car hire company, and the rented cars are within easy reach as well. When hiring a car from Hertz, a customer will need to show a valid drivers license, and should have a major credit card for payments. Sometimes debit cards are accepted for payments due at the end of the rental period. Major credit cards include American Express, Diner’s Club, Diner’s Club Intl, Visa, Mastercard and Discover, and there may be others that are accepted as well. The drivers license should be printed in English, and should show a safe driving record. For some drivers, Hertz may require an International Driving Permit.
Before a customer drives away from Ottawa Airport, Hertz will check the vehicle for existing damages, and make a record of any found. The customer is advised to also look over the vehicle, and make sure that all damages have been noted. Upon return of the vehicle, another inspection will be made, to assess any new damages. A Hertz one way hire may be possible to arrange from Ottawa International Airport. One way hire services are convenient for customers who will be leaving Canada from a different airport location, or for anyone who will be travelling more extensively. A one way hire may also be referred to as the Hertz Rent-It-Here and Leave-It-There service, and may incur additional charges.
Many of the Ottawa International Airport car rental companies provide extra items of equipment for their vehicles, such as child seats and satellite navigation systems. Ski-equipped vehicles may also be available. Items such as these will also add a few Canadian Dollars to your rental, but are essential for safe and easy driving. Baby seats for infants can be hired, and booster seats may be available for older children. Hertz also hires a very sophisticated GPS unit at many of their airport locations, named as the Hertz NeverLost In-Car Satellite Navigation system. It is pre-programmed with points of interest, and is able to provide accurate directions to any location. An ideal option for anyone unfamiliar with the roads of Ottawa and the surrounding area.
Disabled passengers will find Ottawa Airport to be fully equipped for their comfort, with suitable restroom facilities, elevators and pavement ramps. Assistance can also be arranged from airport personnel or from their airline company. The car rental companies may have options for disabled drivers as well, for example, Hertz hand controls can be requested, provided sufficient notice is given before the vehicle is required to be collected from Ottawa International Airport. Hand control equipment from Hertz will be used on certain types of automatic vehicles, and is available free of charge. The device may also include a steering wheel knob.
Vehicles hired by Hertz, in Canada, are available in a range of sizes, and may be similar to the Kia Rio, Hyundai Accent, Nissan Sentra, Chevrolet Impala or Volvo S80. There are also more elegant vehicles for hire, such as the Buick Lucerne and Lincoln Towncar. Hertz vehicles are therefore ideal for leisure or business travellers. Customers who require larger vehicles will also find a good selection from Hertz, as various SUVs and Minivans are available. Some of these include the Chrysler Grand Caravan, Ford Escape, Jeep Grand Cherokee, GM Tahoe, Ford Flex, GM Suburban, Lincoln Navigator and the Mercedes GLK350. Many of these vehicles will seat up to seven passengers, and although more expensive than a smaller car, will be ideal for comfort and space.
Contact Hertz, Ottawa International Airport, for further car rental details, or book your hire car online for the best rental rates.
Ottawa International Airport
1003 Airport Road
Ottawa (Ottawa), Ontario K1B 9B4
Telephone Number: 613 521-3332
Fax Number: 613 521-2287