We have to admit our hearts sank when Uber and Lyft drivers were banned from picking up passengers at LAX a while back. If you've ever been to the Los Angeles airport, you understand how much of a time – and – money saver those two services can be.
Now, UberX and Lyft will be back as soon as next month, with drivers allowed to pick up passengers from the airport again thanks to a vote by Los Angeles officials. That vote made Los Angeles the largest U.S. city to grant full airport access to Uber and Lyft, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Uber and Lyft were only allowed to drop off passengers prior to the vote. Uber Black Car has already been picking up passengers, but, it's a pricey service.
The only people who aren't happy about this are Southern California taxi, shuttle and limo drivers who have fought to keep Uber and Lyft away from LAX. Considering Uber and Lyft fares are usually half that of taxis, this move will definitely affect the amount of money they bring in.
Still, the needs of passengers were deemed more important than the taxi drivers' profits. "Customers want them," Ruben Gonzalez, a senior vice president at the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, told the commission before taxi drivers in the audience started booing. "These are all realities."
So far, more than a dozen other airports allow low-cost services like Uber and Lyft to make pickups, like San Francisco International Airport and Orange County's John Wayne Airport.