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Budget joins YVRA rental fleet

Melinda Dudley

Steamboat Springs — Budget Rent A Car became the third rental car provider at Yampa Valley Regional Airport earlier this month, serving residents as well as tourists flying in for a vacation, just in time for expanded ski season flights. — Budget Rent A Car became the third rental car provider at Yampa Valley Regional Airport earlier this month, serving residents as well as tourists flying in for a vacation, just in time for expanded ski season flights.

— Budget Rent A Car became the third rental car provider at Yampa Valley Regional Airport earlier this month, serving residents as well as tourists flying in for a vacation, just in time for expanded ski season flights.

Budget began renting vehicles from its fleet Dec. 1 at YVRA, after construction of its airport counter was completed. Ski season jet service began its expansion Dec. 13, when 188-passenger Boeing 757 jets began touching down in Hayden.

Budget’s on-site lot at the airport includes a selection of passenger cars, minivans and sport utility vehicles, as well as 12-passenger vans. Many of the sport utility vehicles available have all-wheel drive, for winter-friendly driving in the Yampa Valley, manager Kay Wiltfong said.

The new Hayden location can meet any level of demand, because vehicles will be brought in from other Budget locations in the state as needed to meet reservations, Wiltfong said.

Budget Rent A Car was added to the airport’s existing clients, Avis and Hertz, after submitting a bid to bring a location to YVRA last September.

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The airport is required to open its car rental opportunities to new bidders about once every five years, in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration regulations, Airport Manager Dave Ruppel said.

Although most of Budget’s customers have been tourists flying in for ski season, Wiltfong said, the new location also aims to cater to locals when their primary vehicles need mechanical service or body work after an accident.

Budget is offering free pick-up and drop-off service within a five-mile radius of YVRA, benefiting Hayden residents in need of a rental car.