Ridesharing App Lyft Gets Greenlight to Pick up LAX Arrivals

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Lyft premitted to pick up arrivals at LAX.

"As we continue rebuilding nearly every terminal at the airport, and work to bring rail to LAX, our passengers deserve access to all available options to ensure they have an excellent experience," says Mayor Garcetti.

LAX may have just got a little more convenient for arriving passengers.

On Wednesday, those departing the Los Angeles airport will have access to the rideshare company Lyft. 

“Tomorrow, we will have ‘Lyft-off’ at LAX, giving our passengers what they have been asking for, another safe and convenient way to get to and from the airport," Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a news release on Tuesday. "As we continue rebuilding nearly every terminal at the airport, and work to bring rail to LAX, our passengers deserve access to all available options to ensure they have an excellent experience.” 

Lyft is the first rideshare allowed — licensed — to service LAX for those departing, according to the mayor's office. The company was already permitted to drop off passengers. 

As of 8 a.m., Lyft will be able to pick up passengers from the upper departure level of LAX.

Other transportation network companies that successfully complete the application process will also be able to work the airport's arrival area. The companies will pay the airport $4 per trip, according to the mayor's office. Other companies are at various stages of the application process, according to the mayor's office. There was no specific mention of Uber, Lyft's biggest competitor, in the mayor's announcement.

The L.A. City Council approved the license agreement, which came out of an early 2015 policy development process.

"We’re excited that Los Angeles visitors and residents will be able to get a Lyft ride to and from LAX, just in time for the holiday season," Bakari Brock, Lyft's senior director of business operations, said in the news release. 

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