Trapani Airport is a military airport open to civilian traffic, and is found on the western coast of Sicily. It is an Italian airport, served by a few airline companies which fly to local and international destinations. Many refer to the airport as the Birgi Airport, or as the Trapani-Birgi Airport, due to it’s location nearby Birgi Novo. It is also known as the Vicenzo Florio Airport, after a Sicilian wine industrialist, and has the airport code of TPS. Car hire is available at the airport by companies such as Avis Trapani Airport, and a rented car is the ideal from of transport for all the attractions of the Sicilian region. Avis can provide vehicles for all occasions, and is able to offer competitive car rental rates.
At the Trapani-Birgi Airport, there is just a single terminal building which is quite easy to navigate. It is a new building, having been upgraded and renovated in 2009, and now has it’s departure facilities on the upper level and the arrival hall on the ground floor. The arrival hall is where the Trapani Airport car hire companies have their rental counters, and at this airport location, Avis is open at the following hours: Monday – 08:00 to 14:30 and from 17:30 to 23:15, Tuesday – 08:30 to 15:30 and from 17:30 to midnight, Wednesday – 08:00 to 14:30 and from 17:30 to 23:30, Thursday – 08:30 to 15:30 and from 17:00 to 23:30, Friday – 08:00 to 14:30 and from 17:30 to 23:30 and on Saturdays from 08:30 to 15:30 and from 17:30 to midnight. Avis is available for rentals on a Sunday as well, from 08:00 to 14:30 and from 20:00 to midnight. Vehicles hired from Trapani Airport are recommended to be reserved in advance. Over the internet is most convenient.
Customers hiring a vehicle from Avis, Trapani Airport, will need to meet the minimum age requirement of 21, and a young driver fee will be applicable to persons aged between 21 and 25. This is a standard procedure implemented by all major car hire companies, and is a small amount per day of car hire up until a maximum of ten rental days. The young driver fee at Trapani Airport charged by Avis is 15.00 Euro per day. Younger drivers may also not be able to hire certain larger and specialty vehicle models. These include vehicles from car groups H (Fullsize), I (Intermediate), J (Economy), L (Premium) and N (Convertible). All drivers registered on the rental agreement should be present in person to collect the vehicle, and should be ready to show their driving licenses. Licenses issued in the European Union are usually accepted, provided that they are printed in a Roman alphabet, but foreign customers may need to arrange an International Driving Permit before they leave for Italy. This document is always useful when driving in a different country. It serves as a translation of the local license, and should always be accompanied by your usual drivers license.
The majority of the Trapani Airport car rental companies offer various types of insurance for their vehicles. In Italy, theft protection insurance is a mandatory requirement, but collision damage waiver is optional. Additional insurance can be purchased at the Trapani Airport branch of Avis in order to reduce, or even remove the insurance excess. Further details are available from the staff members at the rental counters. A major credit card will be required to pay for the vehicle, for example, American Express, Diners Club, Mastercard, Eurocard or Visa. There are also Avis Charge Cards available. Debit cards are not accepted at this rental location.
During the reservation process, remember to include all additional items of equipment needed for your vehicle. Avis hires child seats suitable for infants and older children, as well as satellite navigation systems. Children under the age of four travelling in Italy should be in their own car seat, and all older children and adults in the vehicle should be wearing seatbelts. Seatbelts are applicable for the front and back of the vehicle. Specify the age of your child when requesting a car seat, so that Avis can reserve the right piece of equipment for your journey. Although a GPS unit is not required by law, it certainly helps a great deal towards a more enjoyable drive through road networks that may be unfamiliar. Avis hand controls for disabled drivers may also be available, and from Trapani airport, hand controls are free of charge.
A vehicle from Avis can be arranged as a one way hire as well, which is convenient for customers who are not driving back to Trapani Airport. One way hires may be driven to all parts of Italy, and could also be a cross-border rental, which means that the car is allowed to be driven out of the country. Always confirm with Avis to where the rented car may be driven, and if there are additional expenses for the Avis one way hire services.
Rented cars in Italy, and from Avis, may be similar to the Fiat Panda 1.2 Dynamic, New Corsa 1.2 16V Enjoy, Fiat Grande Punto 1.3, Nissan Micra 1.2 and the Volkswagen Golf 1.9. There may also be larger vehicles, such as the Alfa Romeo 159 and BMW Series 320D Eletta, which is a Fullsize vehicle from Avis. Family cars from Avis include the Volkswagen Passat 1.9 Wagon, with room for five or more luggage items, and the Chrysler Grand Voyager 2.8, with room for seven passengers. The Ford Galaxy 2.0 is another Van ideal for seven. One of the largest vehicles from Avis is the Nuovo Ducato Panorama 2.3, able to accommodate up to nine people. It also offers plenty of room for luggage.
All further car rental details are available from Avis, Trapani Airport.
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