ONTARIO >> The Ontario International Airport Authority announced a deal Wednesday to allow Uber, Lyft and other ride-hailing services to pick up and drop off passengers at ONT.
In announcing the OIAA action, airport officials noted the first app-based providers to complete the permit process are Lyft Inc. and Uber Technologies Inc.
Lyft already began operating at ONT Wednesday, according to a company spokesperson. Uber also was expected to begin offering the service at ONT later in the day.
Up until Wednesday, ride-hailing companies were not part of the airport’s ground transportation policy. Previously, OIAA officials had said they would only give the green light after they ensure the setup would be fair and equitable to other transportation services operating at the airport.
Under the terms and conditions of the new permit system, the ride-hailing services will pay a $3 per trip fee for pickups and drop-offs. That fee will be calculated in a passenger’s trip, the authority stated.
“While many (people) drive themselves or use existing taxi, limousine and shuttle services, market demand for online, app-based services has increased in recent months,” OIAA Commissioner and San Bernardino County 4th District Supervisor Curt Hagman said in a statement. “I am confident the permitting of this popular mode of transportation will be well-received by airline passengers and enhance their travel experience.”
Ontario airport will designate areas near each passenger terminal and the USO lounge for pickups and drop-offs.