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Uber and Lyft to begin pick ups at MCO

July 1st, 2017 9:55 AM by Brent Ferry

The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority Board has approved a plan that will allow ride sharing services such as Uber and Lyft to begin service at Orlando International Airport (MCO) starting today, July 1, 2017.

Previously, Transportation Network Companies did not have a permit to operate at MCO under City of Orlando rules and regulations.

The approval establishes certain operating procedures including designated pick-up locations on the second level of both the A and B sides of the Main Terminal Building. Vehicles must be clearly marked with a logo for passenger safety and convenience.

The agreement also calls for a $5.80 user fee for the privilege of airport access for pick ups which will be passed thru to passengers. This is the same fee charged for all pre-arranged transportation services that operate at MCO such as private car services and other vehicles for hire, but more than the $3.30 charged to taxis. There is no additional fee for passenger drop off.

Following the announcement, an Uber spokesperson said, "While we are disappointed that the Airport Authority has decided to implement a significantly higher fee for ride-sharing airport pickups than that of on-demand taxicabs, we thank GOAA for listening to our concerns. We look forward to continuing to work with the airport on keeping transportation costs low for residents and tourists."

GOAA reports that currently there are over 1,000 companies and nearly 4,400 permitted vehicles offering ground transportation options at Orlando International Airport.

Taxi fares are based on mileage and wait time at set rates established by the city. Ride sharing services’ fares fluctuate by demand.
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Posted by Brent Ferry on July 1st, 2017 9:55 AM


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