"Travelers don’t just want access to Uber at airports, they have come to expect it."

Some airports now allowing pick-ups by Uber and Lyft


Thu, May 28th, 2015 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Called by some an unfair advantage, Uber and Lyft are now being allowed to pick-up passengers from airports, a realm that once belonged solely to licensed taxi operators.

In San Francisco, where Mr. McGinnis lives, “it would be unusual to take a cab to the airport these days,” he said.

In March, Uber and Wingz broke into the crowded Southern California market by striking deals with John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana. Los Angeles International will join in when limitations are lifted this summer, Mayor Eric Garcetti has pledged, though some City Council members have voiced objections over what they see as an uneven playing field.

At La Guardia and Kennedy International Airport in New York, drivers for UberX, Uber’s lower-cost service, can pick up passengers if they are licensed by the Taxi & Limousine Commission. It is the only market where all drivers are required to obtain a taxi license and show proof of insurance.



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