Wednesday will see Lyft plant its flag as the first ride-sharing service to get the OK to drive riders to and from the Los Angeles International Airport. Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti confirmed the decision in a statement earlier today.
While alternative ride-sharing services have taken some lumps locally, nationally, and globally because of regulatory concerns and encroaching on a market traditionally held by taxis, Lyft has managed to draw less direct heat from governing bodies. This and Uber’s recent issues in California could point to why Lyft got the nod to begin operating first.
Lyft will be able to begin operating at 8AM and will be in the company of several other ride services that operate out of LAX’s vicinity given the airport gets $4 a trip. Since it’s the holidays and travel will be heavy into and out of LAX Uber will be missing out at the moment. As part of its LAX promotion running into New Year’s Day, Lyft will give riders $5 both ways.