LAX Passengers okayed to get picked up by UberX Drivers

Jan 20, 2016 9:57 PM by Debbie Cobb

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Passengers arriving at Los Angeles International Airport will be allowed to leave in an UberX car starting Thursday morning.

LAX was a notable holdout against Uber's cheapest ride-hailing service, as taxi companies lobbied to keep out a potent competitor.

After months of negotiations, the agency overseeing LAX made the announcement Wednesday. The main catch: Passengers will have to go to the upstairs arrivals level. Also, each ride will have a $4 charge.

Up until now, UberX passengers often would board a hotel or rental car shuttle to take them off airport property, then open Uber's app and summon a car.

In December, the airport allowed pickups by Lyft, an Uber competitor. The agency overseeing LAX says that in the first two weeks, there were nearly 50,000 drop-off and pick-up trips.


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