Galway is one of the five administrative cities of the Republic of Ireland which was universally acknowledged as the most perfect city in the kingdom by Robert Wilson Lynd in 1912. It is situated on the west coast of Ireland near Connemara, a wild, striking landscape that is of interest to many tourists. Did you know that Galway Airport remained unfit for jet airliners until 1987 when the first Jet, a twelve-seater Gulf-stream II, landed from Ohio? By 2007, Galway Airport officially became the fastest growing airport in Ireland and directly serving sixteen destinations. It is located 8km by road from Galway city center.
Galway airport offers flights to and from Galway city and county and also serves as training centers. Here, fixed-wing Training and Helicopter Charter and training are offered by the Galway Flying Club.
There are some car hire brands located at the airport some of which are among the major brands in the region. These include Alamo, Avis, Budget and Europe car to mention a few. Most of these brands have user friendly websites that allow for online and advance booking. For clients visiting Galway, booking in advance is in order, to avoid the hassle of having to organize for car hire from the rental counter and the possibility of wasting precious time.
Most car hire companies have now embraced visa and Master card payment modes among others as these are common and convenient to most travelers. Their websites have also been enhanced with sophisticated systems ensuring secure transactions between clients and the companies.
Car hire companies are also in the business of offering value added services to their clients for instance car seats for infants, integrated GPS systems for 24/7 assistance to clients. Some give offers on certain packages as well as discounts for repeat client and make 360 degree follow up to ensure client satisfaction and value for money.
There are two car parking facilities offered at the airport and both are run by Corrib airport Ltd. Car Park 1 is located directly in front of the main terminal building and here, premium car parking charges apply while car park 2 is adjacent to the main terminal building and higher standard rates are charged. Trolleys are available in both car parks to facilitate transportation of baggage.
Payment of car parking charges has been made easy and convenient by the integration of automatic pay stations which are located inside the terminal building. It is good to note that Galway airport caters for drivers with disability and reduced mobility. They have appropriate parking spaces dedicated to such drivers which are located at the nearest points to the terminal building in both car parks. This is to ensure the shortest distance possible between the parking lot and the Airport terminals as well as reduced risk.
These drivers are given appropriate stickers on their vehicles to identify them. In addition, they can park at any of the car parks and charge standard rates regardless of the car park.
The best is yet to come in the car hire industry as products are continuously tailored to suit the needs of the clients. There is no comparison between car hire and alternative means of transport as its benefits far outweigh the others.