Thunder Bay Airport Car Rental

Thunder Bay International Airport Background…

It all started in 1938 under the name Fort William Municipal Airport as a means to relieve unemployment issues. By the time World War II descend upon the world, the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan had sunk its teeth into the airport and established the No. 2 Elementary Flying Training School. During this time the training provided on the airport grounds primarily served in the war effort, as did the fighter aircraft test flights that were carried out by the Canadian Car and Foundry factory.

Every continued through the war until major renovations in 1994 caused the airport to receive a brand new terminal, arcade, gift shop and two jetways. The government finally handed the airport over to the Thunder Bay International Airport Authority in 1997. Today the airport serves more than six hundred thousand passengers each year and continues to slowly grow at a regular pace, thus making it the sixth busiest airport in Ontario and the nineteenth busiest in the nation.

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Thunder Bay International Airport Car Rentals…

Six of the eight major international rental car companies compete for business every day from the first arrival to the last arrival. The companies passengers can choose from on-site include Avis, Alamo, Budget, Enterprise, National and Hertz. All six have counters located within the main terminal that are easily located by reading one of the airport’s many directories or asking a nearby employee for assistance. Once you’ve made it to the counter of your choice, you simply have to sign a rental agreement for the price and car you want before being handed the keys and directed to the car’s parking space in the rental lot just outside the terminal.

The rentals are parked outside, about 50 meters from the terminal.  Once you step outside thru the main exit door, simply turn to you right and look for the parking lot on the other side of the small trees.  All of the vehicles are stored together.  After walking to the lot, you will notice that each car is in a space with the rental car company’s sign posted.  Find your car and you’re good to go.

Thunder Bay Airport Directions to the Downtown Area…

Thunder Bay is a city close to the United States-Canada border, but isn’t near one of the major border crossings. The airport sits entirely within the city limits only six and a half kilometers from Downtown Thunder Bay. To get there you have to exit the airport via one of the only two entrance/exit roads there are and turn left (North) onto highway ON-61. After about a kilometer the highway will lead you to where it intersects with Arthur St W (You’ll notice a Travelodge Hotel on the right-hand side of the road). Turn right and you’ll find yourself in the middle of the city after driving four kilometers down the road. If you’re looking to make a break for the border, all you have to do is turn right onto ON-61 instead of left and follow the highway fifty-seven kilometers to the border.

Thunder Bay Airport Car Rental Return…

If you’re looking to refuel on your way back to the airport just follow the same directions backwards. There are a ton of gas stations along Arthur St W, anyone of which will work splendidly. Gas stations you’ll be able to choose from include Esso (your last chance right after the Pizza Hut), Petro Canada, Mohawk, Shell and a couple locally owned independent shops. If none of those sound appealing to you just take some other road back down towards the highway. All of them have a few gas stations to choose from.

When pulling into the airport area, just drive back the same way you left originally.  Park you vehicle in the lot and return the keys to the agent, if possible.  And, as always, we always recommend that you take a few pictures of your vehicle just to be on the safe side.  This will help to verify the condition of the car should any questions arise after the fact.

Restaurants Near the Thunder Bay Airport…

Since the airport is very close to the downtown area of Thunder Bay, you should expect quite a few choices when it comes to restaurants near the airport.  One choice that might work for you is the River Rock Bar and Grill.  It sits in the afore-mentioned Travelodge Hotel.  The hotel’s restaurant features a pretty upscale-looking dining room area, but he food is not necessarily so.  Pretty good food at pretty good prices – and close to the airport.


River Rock Restaurant in the Hotel

Other Airport Amenities…

The airport offers a variety of restaurants and shops that will keep you busy for a few minutes if you’re bored and have nothing else to do while you wait for your plane. Surfing the internet is a frequent flyer favorite waiting activity, but some may find that option to be a bit costly since the airport charges you for access. Other than that the airport offers all the other usual airport amenities that you’ll find at most other airports. Hopefully one day it’ll offer free Wi-Fi too.

Other Car Rental Options at Thunder Bay International Airport…

If you’re looking to drive your vehicle into the United States you should give your rental car company a heads up, but they probably won’t mind as long as you’re planning to bring it back as usual. However, if you want to drop your vehicle off while in the United States then you better expect a pretty expensive bill. With six out of the eight major rental cars represented, getting the car you want is as easy as making a reservation forty-eight hours in advance. Don’t make a reservation and there’s no telling what you may end up with.
 
Source: Thunder Bay Airport

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