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Tampa International Airport has delayed the launch of its new consolidated rental car facility (yes, the one that renters in Tampa are already paying taxes and fees for now). Originally slated to open in the fall of 2017, it's now been pushed into 2018. The delays were blamed on bad weather, which is funny considering that most folks head to Florida to escape the bad weather, but I guess everything is relative.

The 2.6-million-square-foot rental car facility is part of the $1 billion expansion and renovation plan for the airport. The rental facility will be connected to the terminals by the airport's new people mover ("SkyConnect"), and will house 16 different rental car brands. It's something sorely needed at the ninth largest rental market in the country: the current setup is a mishmash of on-airport companies crammed into the ground floor of the regular garage and distant off-airport companies that require lengthy shuttle bus rides from the terminal.

On-airport companies currently include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, and Thrifty. The off-airport companies are Ace, Advantage, E-Z, Economy, Fox, Payless, Sixt and Zipcar. All of these brands will be housed in the new consolidated rental facility.


Rendering of the new rental facility


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