The Oklahoma City Airport Trust has approved a contract with First Transit to operate the Will Rogers World Airport rental car center shuttle buses.
The estimated cost for the first year of the three-year contract is $1.3 million. The contract includes provisions for up to five one-year extensions.
First Transit operates rental car center shuttles in Kansas City and Las Vegas, and at Chicago's Midway and Houston's George Bush Intercontinental airports.
Headquartered in Cincinnati, First Transit is a division of Britain's FirstGroup plc,
First Transit edged out an Oklahoma City company, Red Carpet Charters, for the contract.
Red Carpet indicated in documents submitted with its bid that it planned to offer drivers higher wages.
Shuttles will run in a loop between the Will Rogers terminal and the rental car center, about three minutes away on S Meridian Avenue across from the Southwest Airlines reservation center.
The airport is acquiring eight CNG buses to operate the rental car center shuttle.
The rental car center is set to open next year. Consolidating car rentals there will free up parking close to the terminal.