City officials and San Antonio International Airport employees officially break ground by shoveling dirt. Photo by Scott Ball.
City officials and San Antonio International Airport employees officially break ground the new parking garage and consolidated rental car facility. Photo by Scott Ball.

The $165.6 million, seven-story Consolidated Rental Car Facility (CONRAC) and skybridge project at the San Antonio International Airport (SAT) officially broke ground on Tuesday morning. The project, which includes the construction of a new structure that will house 13 rental car brands and provide short-term public parking within walking distance of both terminals, is projected to be completed by March 2018.

“Car rental customers are shuttled to rental agency locations, often inconveniencing or confusing them,” stated Aviation Director Frank R. Miller in a news release. “The new CONRAC will be located a few steps from the terminals so customers will save time, and the need for shuttle service will be eliminated.  Additionally, the facility will provide convenient short-term parking for travelers.”

Short-term airport visitors will be re-routed from the construction zone to park in the long term parking lot which has walkways and shuttle service to the terminals for $2 per hour, $11 per day. The other option is the public parking in the green lot (see map below), much further away, for $8 per day. Shuttles are available for the green lot, but between the traffic and construction, it’s not walkable.

Read more about this project in our previous coverage here.

A map of the San Antonio Airport's future construction.
A map of the San Antonio Airport’s construction.

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Scott Ball is San Antonio Report's photo editor and grew up in San Antonio.