Who wants to make some money off of tourists?!

It’s a pilot. The car-share kind, not the airplane kind.

Parking at Denver International Airport, Oct. 23, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Parking at Denver International Airport, Oct. 23, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Now you can drive other people’s cars around Denver after landing at DIA, or rent yours out while you’re away.

Two car-share companies that let locals rent their cars out to travelers have been approved to temporarily operate at Denver International Airport. On Monday, Denver City Council OK’d a one-year contract for Turo after approving a similar one for Avail in June.

Here’s the gist of the “peer-to-peer” car-share setup: Travelers rent cars from a fleet of vehicles owned by Denverites, or as Avail’s website puts it, “real, local people.” If you’re a real, local person who owns a car, you can rent it to tourists. Maybe you’ll drive to the airport and let a stranger drive your car while you’re away, or maybe you just have an extra car lying around that you’d like to put to work.

Under the contracts, Avail and Turo vehicles will occupy 10 parking spots at the airport’s West Economy Lot, reachable by shuttle or on foot (or wheelchair) from the main terminal, at a cost of $10 per spot per day. Denver International Airport will get 5 percent of the revenue, the contract states.

Avail is up and running at DIA and six other U.S. airports, according to its website. As of Monday night, DIA was not an option on Turo’s website because, you know, they just got the contract.

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