Ride-share services Uber Dayton and Lyft have reached an agreement with Dayton International Airport to allow drivers to wait for trip requests at the airport.
Airport business manager Sarah Spees said both ride share services officially started operating at the airport on Thursday.
These are five things you need to know about Uber and Lyft operating in Dayton:
1. On Monday, Lyft announced it would add its presence in Dayton and solicited drivers for the area. As Lyft enters the area, it means opportunities for employment, as the company has advertised its looking for drivers. It’s also offering special deals to Miami Valley riders, like $5 off the first ride, using the code “DAYTON2016.”
2. Uber Dayton and Lyft have reached an agreement with Dayton International Airport, so now the airport makes $2 of revenue off of every Uber ride that comes and goes to the airport. Airport business manager Sarah Spees said both ride share services officially started operating at the airport on Thursday. Uber first appeared in Dayton back in August 2014.
3. Taxi drivers aren’t happy about the situation. Taxi companies have said Uber and Lyft are killing business for drivers who can’t keep up with the ride-sharing companies’ low ride rates.
4. Airport officials said Dayton International has not seen a decline in taxi operation at the airport since the inception of Uber. Taxis have taken approximately 22,000 trips annually to and from the airport, which results in about $40,000 in revenue for Dayton International. The addition of Uber and Lyft operations would increase that revenue for the airport.
5. The city of Dayton is seeking a single provider for taxi service at the airport. About 11 or 12 taxi companies are licensed to operate at the airport terminals, and many drivers have spoken out against the city’s plan. Airport officials have said the single provider would make ground transportation more reliable, convenient and consistent for travelers. Proposals from taxi companies are due by Dec. 14.
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