Rental car fee at Logan will rise $2 a day
Rental cars at Logan International Airport will cost $2 more a day beginning Dec. 1, a fee hike approved this morning by the Massachusetts Port Authority board to help pay for a consolidated rental car facility.
This brings the customer facility charge to $6 a day to help pay for the $337 million facility that will house the eight rental car companies that serve the airport. A $4 fee has been in effect since last December.
Massport also plans to fund the four-story 1.4-million-square-foot building with a $114 million federal loan. The plan includes a new unified shuttle bus system that will be used by all the rental car companies. Twenty-eight 60-foot-long buses, powered by either compressed natural gas or a hybrid electric/low-sulfur diesel engine, will replace the current fleet of about 100 buses that take passengers to the terminals and MBTA station.
It was also announced at this morning's board meeting that flu shots for the public at the airport will be suspended due to low numbers until the H1N1 vaccination becomes available.
Meanwhile, passenger numbers continue to rise at Logan after falling for more than a year, with a 6 percent increase in September from the previous September. Of the 126,309 additional passengers last month, 86 percent traveled on the airport's four new carriers: Southwest Airlines, Virgin America, Sun Country Airlines, and Porter Airlines.