Belfast International Airport is situated nearby to the city of Belfast, in Northern Ireland. It is the busiest airport in this part of the country, and the thirteenth busiest airport in the United Kingdom, as Northern Ireland is a part of the UK. The airport is known by its code of BFS, or as the Aldergrove Airport, and is served by a number of important airline companies. It is also very well equipped for the needs of its passengers. Arriving passengers can travel by bus or taxi to their next destination, or they can rent a car, from a company such as National Belfast International Airport. National is a popular choice of car rental company for business travellers, and has a wide variety of vehicles.
National, along with the other Belfast International Airport car hire companies, is found in the domestic arrival hall of the terminal building, and is open most hours of the day, seven days a week. In general, National is open from 07:30 to 23:00, Monday to Sunday. Although cars are usually available at this rental location, it is recommended to make an advanced reservation, either online, or by calling National, as this will secure the vehicle that is ideal for your holiday or business trip. Sometimes much better rental rates can be acquired from an early online reservation as well. Booking early could also be useful if you require a child seat or satellite navigation system for your journey, as the availability of these items cannot be guaranteed upon your arrival at the airport. Another piece of equipment which will require an advanced reservation is National hand controls for disabled drivers. They are only available on certain types of automatic vehicles, and will need to be fitted prior to your arrival at Belfast International Airport. Hand controls are only used by persons with a lower limb disability.
National’s vehicles for hire in the United Kingdom, which includes Northern Ireland and the Belfast International Airport, are divided into a wide range of categories. These car groups contain vehicles of all sizes, and most have some very nice features, such as air conditioning, AM/FM stereo and CD players, power steering, airbags and power windows. Cruise control could also be a feature of your rented car. Economy, Compact and Midsize cars are often the most affordable, and are generally easy to drive cars that are ideal for both city and longer distance driving. From National, they include the Hyundai 1.0, Vauxhall Corsa and the Vauxhall Astra. Standard and Fullsize vehicles are similar to the Ford Mondeo 2.0 and Saab 9-5 2.0, while Passenger Minivans for six or seven people include the Vauxhall Zafira 1.8 and the VW Sharan 2.0. Additional vehicle categories from National are Compact Wagon, Intermediate Wagon, Premium, Premium Wagon and Van.
The vehicles in the above mentioned categories could be arranged as National one way hires, and be delivered to another National rental location. This option is especially convenient for customers who have a flight home from an airport other than Belfast International Airport. One way hire services may be a little more expensive than an ordinary rental, but this will mainly depend on the length of the rental period and the return location chosen for the vehicle. Otherwise, the vehicle will need to be returned to the airport of Belfast, either with a full or empty tank of fuel. All cars are collected with a full tank, but various return options could be available.
The majority of the Belfast International Airport car rental companies require their primary renter to be at least 21 years of age or older, and to have been driving legally in their country of residence for a minimum period of a year prior to the rental date. An International Driving Permit may be required by renters whose local licenses were not issued in the European Union. The exception however, may be those who come from the United States of America, Australia, New Zealand or Canada. Similar to all other car hire companies, National will automatically add a young driver surcharge to rentals by persons under the age of 25. Younger drivers may also not be permitted to hire vehicles from certain categories, especially those containing larger or specialty type vehicles. This is a daily charge, and applicable to all young drivers registered on the rental contract. It is recommended to arrange vehicle insurance for your car from National, and a major credit card will be required for payment of the rental.
National Car Rental is a business that was established in 1947, and therefore has over fifty years of experience in providing excellent customer service. They have mainly focused on the needs of the frequent airport business traveller, and has provided many innovative services in order to facilitate this type of customers. National helped pioneer the corporate account business, and was the first car hire company to introduce a comprehensive frequent-renter program, by the name of Emerald Club. Car Choice is an option which allows customers to quickly choose their vehicle, without the need to fill out any lengthy paperwork.
National, Belfast International Airport, can be contacted for all further information.
Belfast International Airport (BFST01)
175 Airport Road Aldergrove
Belfast, BT29 4AB
Telephone Number: (44)2894-422285