Manistee Airport contracts with Victorian City Car Port for car hire

The Victorian City Car Port in Manistee, co-owned by Greg and Wonda Kinnan, has been offering car rentals at the airport since May 1.

Those wishing to reserve a car or inquire about rates are encouraged to contact Victorian City Car Port at 231-723-9840.

Airport manager Barry Lind said owners of the Victorian City Car Port would provide a minimum of 10 vehicles for hire, with plans to expand to 15 by summer.

“Greg (Kinnan) usually buys new cars because it’s the best deal right now, if he can get them,” Lind said at the Manistee Blacker Airport Authority’s April meeting. “…He’s put a lot of time and effort into it partly because (if) he can’t acquire new cars, the rest of his business would currently be hampered until that market stabilizes. So he sees this as a change in business model that keeps them away until things normalize.

Rental services had previously been provided by Mowry Leasing & Rental Co. and Enterprise, since 1991. Victorian City Car Port was contacted after Mowry Rental ended its car rental services in 2022.

Lind said the airport would not process car hire inquiries directly, but a transfer service would direct callers to the Victorian City car port.

As part of the contract, Victorian City Car Port agrees to pay 10% of gross vehicle rental revenue to the Manistee County Blacker Airport Authority. These revenues are invoiced in time and mileage to the customer.

Parking spaces will be reserved in the east car park of the airport, in accordance with the agreement. Additional parking spaces for rentals may be determined by the airport manager.

Other means of transport at the airport include shuttles, taxis and public transport.

Shuttle services are provided by Lakeshore Shuttle and Tours. Its service area includes Frankfort, Arcadia, Onekama, Leland, Glen Arbor, Empire, Traverse City and surrounding areas.

Taxis are provided by Manistee Cab Company, which can be contacted by dialing 231-233-5600.

Public transportation is also available via Manistee County Transportation’s Dial a Ride service and Benzie Bus which serves Manistee Airport from Benzie County.

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