Amsterdam Schiphol airport has begun construction on a new 40,000 sqm centralised car rental location.
The new facility on the site of the former P4 car park will be the largest car rental company location in the Netherlands, accommodating around 2,500 vehicles.
It will bring together the airport’s five largest car rental companies under one roof (Hertz, Sixt, Europcar, Enterprise and Avis/Budget), with the firms being able to maintain, repair and wash their vehicles at one single location.
Schiphol notes that “Nothing will change for customers renting cars”, as they will continue to pick up their rental cars close to the terminal.
Expected to be complete by the end of 2024, the facility will also feature 17,000 sqm of solar panels, generating electricity equal to the yearly energy consumption of around 1,000 households.
Schiphol also said that the infrastructure would allow up to 300 electric cars to be charged simultaneously, “encouraging car rental companies to make the transition to electric vehicles”.
Commenting on the news Arthur Reijnhart, Director Commercial, said:
“With this new location, we are not only providing the car rental companies with better facilities, but most importantly, we are encouraging the use of electric cars.
“If it were up to us, it would be the most normal thing in the world to drive an electric car to and from Schiphol. Together with the car rental companies, we are moving in this direction.”