Aena is starting the process for procuring car hire/rental services at 38 airports in the network

The number of spaces is to be increased to 21,700 and the number of available licence is to rise to 218.

Aena has already started the process of renewing the leases of self-drive vehicle hire services at airports in the network, which will come into force in November 2024. The Aena Director General for Commercial and Real Estate, María José Cuenda, announced the most important aspects of the tendering process at the Perspective Forum, held as part of the 2023 Global Mobility Call.

Aena Director General for Commercial and Real Estate, María José Cuenda

Early next year, a call for tenders is planned in order to procure car hire/rental services at 38 airports, with more than 21,700 spaces available (3,500 more than in the previous tender). The number of available licences has also been increased to 218 (48 more than at present) and the possibility is being considered of creating two new maintenance centres at Palma de Mallorca and Málaga-Costa del Sol airports.

Aena currently has contracts with 16 operators at 34 airports in the network that expire on 31 October 2024. The new contracts will have a duration of between 5 and 8 years.

This is one of the world’s largest procurement processes for care hire/rental services, an activity with an estimated turnover of 10 billion euros over the life of the new contracts.

Every year, 4.6 million self-drive vehicles are hired at Aena network airports in Spain. This line of business is Aena’s third largest in terms of commercial revenue, generating sales of around 1.2 billion euros each year for the operators. The new call for tenders proposes a more flexible model in which closed lots of spaces have been eliminated, allowing companies to select the number of spaces they require, with rents adapted to the different operator profiles.

Moreover, contracts are included for the development of self-drive vehicle hire/rental activity at the corporate aviation terminals of the main airports (Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas, Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat, Ibiza, Palma de Mallorca and Málaga-Costa del Sol).

Aena intends to maximise the value of this line of business and attract as many operators as possible in order to improve the quality offered to passengers. To this end, it is committed to the digitalisation of the service and the implementation of the latest technologies in the sector.

Vicky Karantzavelou

Vicky is the co-founder of TravelDailyNews Media Network where she is the Editor-in Chief. She is also responsible for the daily operation and the financial policy. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Tourism Business Administration from the Technical University of Athens and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Wales.

She has many years of both academic and industrial experience within the travel industry. She has written/edited numerous articles in various tourism magazines.

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