Calgary Airport is one of the most important airports in Canada, and is rated as the fourth busiest in the country. It is international, and handles a large number of tourists and business professionals. About 8 to 9 million domestic passengers use the airport every year, while just over a million international passengers have been recorded. 2.3 to 2.5 million transborder passengers pass through Calgary Airport. The airport has the official code of YYC, and is extremely well equipped with facilities which also include car hire companies such as National Calgary Airport. National is a large and well-known car rental company present at many of the Canadian airports, and at many airports in other worldwide locations as well.
Calgary International Airport has a terminal with four concourses, and each of these concourses handle domestic and international flights from various airline companies. The airport is proposing the construction of a new international terminal as well, which is aimed for completion by 2015. There are currently three runways, with a fourth in construction, which will be the longest of any airport in Canada. It will be built to support aircraft of all sizes. Arriving passengers will find the airport’s car hire companies on the departure level, across from the roadway outside the main terminal building, and they include National, Alamo, Hertz, Avis, Europcar, Auto Europa, Thrifty, Budget and Dollar. National, along with the other companies, are internationally recognised, and have many years of experience in the car hire industry. They are also open at all hours which are convenient for passengers on arrival flights at Calgary Airport.
National was founded in 1947, and therefore has over fifty years of experience in the car hire industry. They are particularly famous for providing car rental services to airport business clients, and have helped to pioneer the corporate-account business. National was also the first company to introduce a comprehensive frequent-renter program for their clients, and this program’s name is Emerald Club. Emerald Club customers enjoy many benefits, including convenient e-receipts. National Car Rental has also been the official car hire company of various international events, such as the PGA Tour. National is part of a global strategic alliance with Europcar, and together, these two companies form the largest car rental network in the world.
The Calgary Airport car rental companies have their vehicles parked on Level 2 of the parkade building, nearby the terminals. National only hires the latest model vehicles, which are regularly checked for safety. In Canada, National has a large fleet of vehicles available, and they are similar to the examples provided on their website for each car category. Smaller cars in categories such as Economy and Compact have cheaper rental rates, and are ideal for city driving or for single drivers or couples. They may be similar to the Suzuki Swift and the Nissan Versa. Midsize cars such as the Dodge Caliber are slightly larger, while the Ford Fusion and Chevrolet Impala offer more room for passengers and luggage. From National, corporate clients can enjoy driving a car that is more elegant than usual, such as the Buick Allure and Chrysler 300C found in the Premium and Luxury categories. Most cars hired have unlimited mileage, automatic transmissions, air conditioning and power locks and windows.
From Calgary Airport, car hire from SUV, Minivan and Pickup categories are popular as well. For five passengers, the Ford Escape, Ford Explorer and Ford Edge are ideal, while for seven, the Dodge Grand Caravan is a Minivan available, and the Chevrolet Tahoe and Chevrolet Suburban are larger-sized SUVs. Customers of National can even find a vehicle that can seat up to fifteen passengers, as the Chevrolet Express is an example of a 15-Passenger Van. Pickups from this location may be similar to the Chevrolet Colorado and the Chevrolet Silverado. The majority of the vehicles mentioned may be returned to Calgary Airport, or can be arranged as a National one way hire, and returned to a different rental location. From Calgary Airport, one way hire services may require an advanced reservation, and may incur additional charges. Cross-border rentals could also be arranged for customers who will be travelling in the United States.
Automatic cars are also used when a disabled customer requests National’s hand control equipment. This device is designed for persons with a lower limb disability, and may include a steering wheel knob. From Calgary Airport, hand controls are rented free of charge, but they will require an advanced reservation. Other items of equipment are also available from most of the Calgary Airport car hire companies, for example, child seats and satellite navigation systems. These items are not for free, and will cost a certain amount extra per day of hire, or per rental agreement. It is best to specify the age of your child when reserving a car seat, so that the correct size of seat can be provided. Seats are usually available for infants, toddlers and older children.
National, at Calgary International Airport, will be happy to provide further details regarding their car hire services.
Calgary International Airport (YYCT01)
2000 Airport Rd N.E.
National Car Rental
Calgary, AB T2E 6W5
Telephone Number: (403)221-1590 / (403)221-1692
Fax Number: (403)291-9505