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Albuquerque Airport Car Hire - Did You Know?

  • Having been built in 1939 Albuquerque Airport was also used as a military base with a large hangar for Boeing 307s.
  • In 1988 the long standing Albuquerque Airport was added to the national register of Historic places.
  • Albuquerque Airport is a rapidly expanding facility with an average increase of 2% in passenger numbers year on year for the last decade and a half.
  • Albuquerque Airport has four runways spread across 825 hectares.
  • The two main flight facilities to serve Albuquerque Airport are New Mexico Airlines and Great Lakes Airlines.

Albuquerque Airport Mini Guide

Albuquerque Airport, also known as Albuquerque International Sunport, is situated just 5 kilometres from the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico. The airport handles around 6.5 million passengers every year and is the largest airport in the state. The airport first began operations in the 1930's and was substantially expanded in both the late 80's and in 1996. As a result the airport has increased its passenger numbers by 2% year on year since then.

The airport covers an area of 2,039 acres and handles its large demand through its four runways. There are approximately 520 flight operations every day. There is one terminal building which has two concourses and 23 gates. Many airlines have flights to and from Albuerque Airport including United Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Aeromexico, Northwest Airlines, US Airways and Delta. There is also a third concourse that is a computer check in for Great Lakes Airlines and New Mexico Airlines.

Albuquerque Airport

The Albuquerque Airport terminal has a unique look and was built in the style of Spanish-Pueblo architecture to reflect New Mexico culture. Reaching the airport by car is made very easy by following the signs and exits on Interstate 25 from both north and south approaches. Once you arrive at the airport there are facilities for short term and long term parking. The parking area is on a four level building that can cater for 3,400 vehicles for short time and 500 vehicles for long term. The area is patrolled by the airports aviation police for enhanced security. There are also specially allocated spaces close to the elevators for disabled drivers.

Latest Update from Albuquerque Airport:

17/06/12 - Albuquerque Airport is having to consider expanding its operations with the proposed development of Mesa del Sol, a new town just south of the airport.

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Albuquerque Airport (airport code ABQ) or Albuquerque International Sunport serves the city of Albuquerque in the USA state of New Mexico. By collecting car hire at Albuquerque Airport you can drive to the central business district in only 10 minutes which makes our service very popular with business travellers in Bernadillo County and New Mexico.

Nearly six million passengers per year use the airport to get to the city of Albuquerque and also nearby Santa Fe, although the latter has its own airport. All in all the airport is a gateway to the unique culture in this part of south west USA and you can learn a lot about the native Indian cultures that once dominated the landscape, a poignant insight into American history.

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