Baton Rouge Airport Car Rental

Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport Background…

Baton Rouge was one of those towns during World War II that got its first airport by way of the government’s World War II defense plan. Harding Army Air Field, the original airport located where Baton Rouge Metropolitan sits today, served mainly as a supply depot and maintenance base for the surrounding area until World War II ended and the base was turned over for civilian use. The only remnants of the base still standing are the runways that are still in use today.

The airport currently sits on more than twelve hundred acres of land and makes use of three runways, two are seven thousand feet in length or longer while the third is only about thirty-eight hundred feet long. While the airport saw a major increase in passengers during the Katrina disaster, its passenger numbers dropped back down to just under eight hundred thousand once New Orleans’ airport was back in action. Today it continues to operate as it has over the last couple of decades.

Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport Car Rentals…

The airport is supported by five national car rental companies that offer their services on-site to anyone who needs a rental vehicle. All five counters can be found in a little hallway that extends from the baggage claim area. If you’re having a hard time locating the counters, simply consult a nearby directory or ask an airport employee for directions. The five companies you get to choose form are Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, and National.

Once you’ve finished all the proper rental paperwork, you will be directed to the rental car parking are in the garage across from the terminal.  The vehicles are located on the third floor of the garage and can be accessed via the garage elevator. 

Baton Rouge Airport Direction to Baton Rouge…

You’ll exit the airport via Joe Stone St and come to an intersection with Veteran Memorial Blvd. Turn left and continue down the road until you reach Harding Blvd, where you will turn right and be faced with the I-110 on-ramp. Follow I-110 South until you reach the Plank Rd exit where you’ll want to get off and turn left onto Plank Rd. Once you’re going north on Plank Rd, be on the lookout for Fairfields Ave and make a right onto it when you can. Once you’re on Fairfields Ave going east you’ll have reached Baton Rouge’s downtown area.

If you’re trying to get to New Orleans (and don't want to rent a car at the New Orleans Airport), which a lot of passengers to Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport are, then you’ll want to stay on I-110 and merge onto I-10 when I-110 ends. You’ll see plenty of signs towards New Orleans that will point you in the right direction. Continue to follow I-10 for a couple of hours (folks complain of traffic on I-10 traveling to New Orleans). When it turns into I-610, start to be on the lookout for the St Bernard Ave exit. Turn left onto St Bernard Ave from the off-ramp and you’ll be in the heart of New Orleans and scarily under sea level.

Baton Rouge Airport Car Rental Return...

The airport makes refueling a breeze by having a Texaco station located on the airport (OK, it’s actually located on Veterans Memorial Blvd, but who’s counting?). If you want to refuel with the car rental company in sight or forget to refuel beforehand, you’ll still be able to fulfill your full/full fuel policy without leaving the airport for a second time. Although remember, there’s no turning back once you hand in your vehicle. If you’d rather refuel outside the airport, which would probably be a cheaper alternative, head down Harding Blvd and use one of the gas stations you’ll find along either direction. Once you’ve refueled, turn down Veteran Memorial Blvd from Harding Blvd and you’ll see the airport on your right in no time.

Other Car Rental Options at Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport…

Baton Rouge is a pretty sizable city with a surprisingly small airport because most people looking ot visit the surrounding area typically opt to fly in to New Orleans instead. The rental fleet at the airport is stocked with a little of everything, giving you variety but not quantity. Ensure someone doesn’t snatch up the vehicle you want first by making reservations ahead of time, or else you’ll likely end up with your third or fourth choice instead.

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