National Car Rental at Poitiers
National Poitiers Airport
Poitiers Airport serves the city of Poitiers, as well as other towns in the Vienna department of France, and is officially known as the Poitiers-Biard Airport, or in French, as the Aeroport de Poitiers-Biard. This name is derived from its location, which is particularly nearby the small area of Biard, just outside of Poitiers city. The airport is to the west of Poitiers, and nearby to the A10 Autoroute, that provides access to many areas in the vicinity. There are public forms of transport available, but many passengers of the airport prefer to rent a car, from one of the Poitiers Airport car rental companies, such as National. National is perhaps one of the most famous car hire businesses in the world, and is known for providing excellent rates for corporate clients.
Poitiers Airport, with the official airport code of PIS, has a single terminal building that is large enough to handle the number of passengers that travel through it on a yearly basis. It is just a small airport, with under 200,000 passengers, but is an important gateway to a number of regions. The terminal, which was built to replace the older airport building in 2002, is equipped with a variety of facilities, including a restaurant, bar, ATM, a few shops and areas for arriving and departing passengers. The arrival area has a baggage reclaim carousel, and is nearby to the car hire companies that have rental counters at Poitiers Airport. National Poitiers Airport is available at the times of arrival flights, and the following is a general guideline for their opening hours: Sunday and Monday – 09:00 to 10:00, Tuesday – 09:00 to 11:00, Wednesday – 09:00 to 10:00, Thursday – 09:00 to 11:00, Friday – 09:00 to 10:00 and on Saturdays from 09:00 to 11:00. Some of the car rental companies of the airport are not even open over the weekends. Since Poitiers is such a small airport, there are only a few scheduled flights during the week, mainly by the airline companies of Airlinair and Ryanair.
Although Poitiers Airport is not a very busy airport, if you are hiring a car it is always recommended to make an advanced reservation. The vehicles from your car hire company may be in high demand, and an early booking will ensure that your ideal car is ready and waiting for your arrival. It is also wise to book any additional items of equipment required in advance, for example, a satellite navigation system, child seats or luggage racks. National’s equipment is in good condition, and could be well worth the few extra Euro per day of hire. Free of charge however, are National hand controls for disabled drivers, for those with a lower limb disability, as the device is designed to operate the brake and accelerator pedals of an automatic vehicle. From the rental location of Poitiers Airport, hand controls are only available on certain types of vehicles, and should therefore always be reserved at least forty-eight hours prior to your arrival.
The majority of the Poitiers Airport car hire companies have certain terms and conditions which need to be met. National customers will need to be at least 21 years of age to rent a car, or 25 years of age or older for car groups which contain specialty or larger sized vehicles, and must show a valid drivers licence upon collection of the vehicle. All drivers will need to be present for the vehicle’s collection, and their licenses must prove that they have been driving legally in their country of residence for at least a year prior to the rental date. Drivers younger than 25 may be required to pay for young driver insurance, which is a small amount applicable per day of car hire, and per ‘underage’ driver registered on the rental agreement, up until a maximum number of car hire days. This type of insurance is mandatory, and applicable at most car hire companies. Other types of insurance are optional, and include collision damage waiver and theft protection. They are recommended to protect the customer from liabilities caused by accidental damages or a case of theft. National may include the price of third party liability insurance in their rental quote.
National has, during their many years of service, focused their attention on providing quality vehicles for the frequent airport business traveller, but in general, offers cars which could be suitable for all types of renters or journeys. Some of the company’s highlights include the introduction of the first comprehensive frequent renter program, as well as becoming the official car rental company of the PGA TOUR and Champions Tour. In France, and at Poitiers Airport, National’s vehicles for hire include the Peugeot 207 1.4 in the Economy category, the Peugeot 308 1.6 in the Compact Wagon category, the Ford Mondeo 1.6 in the Intermediate category, and the VW Passat 1.8 in the Standard category. There are also larger cars for hire, such as those similar to the Citroen C5 2.0, Audi A4 1.9 and Mercedes C200 CDI 2.0. For seven passengers, the Citroen Grand Picasso C4 2.0 and Citroen C8 2.0 are ideal, and for nine passengers, one of National’s largest vehicles is the Citroen Jumpy 2.2. SUVs, Convertibles and Premium vehicles may also be available.
For passengers who do not wish to return to Poitiers Airport, one way hires may be available. National’s one way hire services permit their vehicles to be delivered to an alternative rental location, either in the country of France, or to many other countries in Europe. Most of the nearby countries to France may be travelled, and cars can often even be taken to the United Kingdom or onto the nearby islands, provided that they are returned to the mainland. Always confirm with National any additional costs that a one way hire may incur, and the final destination of the vehicle.
National, Poitiers Airport, will be able to assist their customers in finding the perfect rented car, at an affordable price.
Poitiers Airport (PIST01)
Aeroport De Biard
Telephone Number: 33-5-49585158
Fax Number: (5)49534337