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Zipcar coming to YYZ

Toronto's Pearson is one of eight new airports to get car-sharing service

Published: May 6, 2013, 1:00 PM
Updated: October 5, 2014, 8:08 PM

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Car-sharing network Zipcar is expanding its airport access to eight new airports in North America, including the Pearson International Airport (YYZ) in Toronto.

With this expansion, Zipcar expands its reach from city streets and college campuses to airport parking lots, giving Zipcar members on-demand access to nearly 10,000 vehicles in 20 cities.

Zipcar, a subsidiary of Avis Budget Group, has operations throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain and Austria. It services more than 300 universities and 11 airports, now including:

• Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)

• Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS)

• Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

• Palm Beach International Airport (PBI)

• Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)

• Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)

• Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC)

Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)

The addition of these eight airports follows Zipcar's launch at Newark Liberty (EWR), LaGuardia (LGA) and John F. Kennedy (JFK) airports last month.

In a Zipcar survey of its members, 64% indicated they were "likely" or "very likely" to use Zipcar at an airport if the service is available.

"For the past decade, Zipcar has been delivering on our brand promise of 'wheels when you want them' to members where they live and work. Now Zipcars are available for members where they travel," said Zipcar President Mark Norman.

"For short trips where time is money, Zipcar's on-demand access and fast returns make it an ideal way to get members where they need to be," he added.

A wide variety of Zipcars, including Ford Focus, Mazda 3 and Toyota Prius models, are located in Zipcar-branded parking spaces adjacent to the Avis Car Rental pick-up facility at each participating airport.

Zipcar members can get on the road immediately after disembarking from a flight, without having to deal with any paperwork, lineups or extra fees.

The Zipcars in airport locations can be reserved by Zipcar members ages 21 and up, including residents of those areas near the airport locations, as well as those traveling to the airport.

As with all Zipcar reservations, gas, insurance and up to 290 km of travel per day are included. Cars must be returned to the same location.

The cost to reserve Zipcar vehicles in airport locations starts from $9-$12 per hour or from $69-$89 per day, depending on the location, type of vehicle and the plan of the member reserving the vehicle.

More information on joining Zipcar as an individual or business and on reserving vehicles ia available at www.zipcar.com.