If you're a frequent flyer and rely on rideshare companies to get to and from your destinations, then you'll want to hear this. The Phoenix City Council approved its motion on October 2, 2019, to increase commercial ground transportation trip fees and parking rate-caps. Uber and Lyft rides to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport will see an increase in prices over the next few years.
Currently, travelers are charged a $2.66 fee to be picked up from the hub. With this new ruling, passengers will now have to pay $4 to be picked up or dropped off starting no sooner than January 18, 2020.
Over the course of the year, prices will steadily increase to $5 in 2024 and will fluctuate depending on inflation afterward.
Pickup and drop-off fees will increase as follows:
- January 1, 2021, $4.25
- January 1, 2022, $4.50
- January 1, 2023, $4.75
- January 1, 2024, $5.00
The elevated payments will be used to "recover costs for ground transportation infrastructure, improvements, maintenance including Sky Train."
Rideshare companies such as Uber and Lyft have responded to Narcity's inquires and have confirmed that these price hikes "unfairly burden passengers."
Uber has shared its statement regarding the city's proposal below.
“We are disappointed the Phoenix City Council has chosen to once again hand down a fee increase on the most popular form of transportation at Phoenix Sky Harbor: ridesharing. Our riders and drivers should not be treated as a piggybank to fill the Airport’s budget holes. This fee unfairly penalizes those who rely on ridesharing to get to or from PHX by asking them to bear a disproportionate share of costs associated with the Sky Train. On behalf of the riders and drivers who rely on Uber, we cannot accept a partnership that unfairly burdens our shared passengers. Uber will cease operations at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport next month.”
A spokesperson for Lyft has confirmed with Narcity that "negotiations with the airport have stalled...Given today's vote, we plan to cease operations at Sky Harbor ahead of the fee implementation in order to prevent the unfair penalization of our drivers and riders."
More than 120,000 people arrive and depart from what's dubbed as the 'world's friendliest airport.' Given recent news, it's uncertain how many people will truly be affected by this.
Narcity is following this story closely and will update this article with new information.