The purpose of this article is to address the problem of how many rental car operators the volume of business activities on the airport would support. The proliferation of rental car operators carries with it the prospect of some operators reaching the point of bankruptcy in which case the airport's revenue immediately plummets to zero-in some cases after having accumulated a substantial sum due the airport. The method used in Des Moines for determining which and how many rental car operators will be permitted to operate on the airport is summarized. The method used involves a public bidding procedure. The bid procedure provides an equal opportunity for all potential operators to become airport-based rental car agencies. The bid invitation and each lease agreement clearly states certain conditions such as the limit on the number of agencies, lease terminations, premature terminations, commission rates, car rentals space, and counter space measurements. Results of this bidding procedure have been completely satisfactory, and in view of the many ramifications of this problem, it appears that this modified bid procedure may be the answer for a number of other airports.

  • Corporate Authors:

    American Association of Airport Executives

    2029 K Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20006
  • Authors:
    • Tharp, D E
  • Publication Date: 1978-4

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 4-6
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00173830
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Airport Management Journal
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 29 1978 12:00AM