Airport in Maui opens mega car rental facility

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A new $340 million multilevel Consolidated Rent-A-Car (CONRAC) in the Kahului Airport on Maui in Hawaii houses all major rental car companies in one spot and connects passengers with the airport via electric tram. But that may not even be the best thing about it.

“The best part is this is funded with no taxpayer dollars involved,” Gov. David Ige said at the event. “The $340 million dollars comes from car rental customers from around the world who visit Maui County.”

He added that the same funds are being used for a CONRAC at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu, which is slated for completion in 2021. CONRAC funding comes from a state Customer Facility Charge, a daily $4.50 applied to customers who rent a car.

Kahului’s airport is the second busiest in the state when it comes to passenger volume, but its rental car industry generates the most funds in all of Hawaii, according to the state Department of Transportation.

This massive environmentally-friendly project took three years to build and created hundreds of local jobs, with Maui’s CONRAC on schedule and on budget, lawmakers said. It is being hailed as the largest single public works project on Maui and the first of its kind in the state.

The Kahului Airport Consolidated Rent-A-Car facility was celebrated by state leaders Tuesday ahead of its public opening today, Friday, May 17, 2019.