FlightCar in the US aims to put vehicles left in airport parking lots to good use, by offering them up for short-term loans.
Where similar car-sharing companies aim to link owners with those requiring one-off loans, FlightCar takes advantage of the fact that most people driving to airports will be leaving the country for a fair amount of time. (Thanks, Zoe)
Once a transaction is agreed, the car keys are handed to a FlightCar representative who cleans the vehicle before transferring them to the renter. FlightCar includes an approval process for both parties, thorough driving licence checks and is insured against damage and theft.
According to the company, customers can expect a 20 to 50% discount compared to traditional rental routes, while owners receive 65% of the agreed fee – making the concept beneficial for everyone involved.