Uber gets green light to pick up fares at Edmonton International Airport
"Uber was already working at the aiport"
Uber has struck a deal with the Edmonton International Airport allowing drivers to pick up customers.
"We are pleased to announce today that Edmontonians and travellers from around the world can now rely on the service.
Uber drivers will have their own area set aside outside Door 10 on the arrivals level to pick up customers.
"EIA is committed to providing travellers with a full spectrum of ground transportation options," said EIA president and CEO Tom Ruth.
Uber will now join Tapp car as the only two ride-booking services allowed to pick up passengers from the airport.
"It's not up to the airport to prioritize modes of transportation but we do want to provide all of those options and allow consumers what their preferences is to use, " said Traci Bednard, EIA spokesperson.
Uber 'already working at the airport'
The agreement with Uber is nothing new, said Dawinder Deo, president of the United Taxi Group which represents as many as 3,000 drivers and taxi owners in Edmonton
"Uber was already working at the airport," he said. "They were already providing that service, but there is nothing to be panicked about in that case. They have not been allotted a particular gate."
As it stands now, taxis operating at the airport can wait for customers a few steps from where people collect their bags. That gives the traditional cab drivers the advantage, Deo says.
Passengers using Uber and TappCar must walk to Door 10 to meet their driver.
"It's not in front of the door," Deo said. "It's at the second row just at the end where the (traffic arm) goes up and down."