Budget pushes UK expansion

Budget Rent-a-Car continues its strong network expansion for 2006 with
seven new openings planned across the UK before the end of the year.
The new openings include two in Scotland where the Budget network is
going from strength to strength with new locations recently opened in
Stirling and Perth.

Other UK additions include the recent opening in Reading with Bristol,
Bury St Edmonds and Liverpool planned for later in the year, expanding
the total UK network to over 60 locations.

This strong expansion is mirrored across the Channel in Europe where new
Budget Rent-a-Car locations have been opened in Sweden at both Stockholm
City and Gothenburg City with another five further locations planned. 

In addition,  there have been exciting developments for Budget
Rent-a-Car Italy with five additional airport locations opening at
Milano Linate, Venezia Marco Polo, Verona, Catania in Sicily and Lamezia
Terme, with more planned by the end of 2006, aiming to bring them to an
expected network size of 40 locations.

Further a field in the Middle East, business has continued to boom with
Budget Rent-a-Car Syria recommencing operations after several years with
various new locations, including Damascus International Airport and a
number of downtown branches; in addition to seeing Budget Rent-a-Car
return to Lebanon Airport after an absence of a number of years.


Budget Rent-a-Car network has opened nine new locations in South Africa
and beyond with new branches at Lanseria, Vredenburg, Worcester and
Nelspruit city centres, Mafikeng in Botswana, and Oshakati and Ondongwa
in Namibia.

Michael Graham, Managing Director for Budget Rent-a-Car EMEA comments
‘These new openings demonstrate our commitment to grow our network and
further build the Budget brand worldwide.  I am confident this growth
will continue into 2007’