Lyft and Uber can now legally pick you up or drop you off at San Francisco’s International Airport as both companies have just signed a new agreement with the airport. This is big news since prior to the signed agreements, for-hire vehicles operating at the airport without permission were considered to be trespassing. Now, if you need a ride to the airport or a ride to your hotel after your land at SFO, a Lyft or Uber driver can help you without getting in trouble.
“We are committed to being an industry leader, creating a roadmap for innovative business models like Lyft and UberX to operate legally in an airport,” said Airport Director John L. Martin. “We’re proud to be the first airport in the U.S. to have both signed permits from both companies. This gives customers at SFO more choice, without compromising our focus on safety and security.”
In June, state regulators warned Lyft, Uber, Sidecar, and Wingz that their companies were in violation and risked being shut down if they continued to give airport rides without authorization. Last week Sidecar became the first app-based transportation company legally able to pick up and drop off customers at SFO.
Last month Lyft signed its first agreement with Nashville International Airport and Uber hopes that the agreement with SFO will open the gates for similar agreements around the country. “For other airports looking to welcome people into their cities, manage the curbside chaos, and ensure safe and reliable transportation options without hassle, this SFO-Uber partnership will be a great model,” Uber stated.