published on February 26, 2016 - 11:42 PM
Written by The Business Journal Staff
Mayor Ashley Swearengin announced today that Fresno Yosemite International Airport has finalized an agreement for ridesharing company Lyft to operate at the airport.

The agreement between FYI and Lyft meets the requirement of the California Public Utilities Commission to allow so-called ‘transportation network companies,’ such as Lyft, to operate at any California airport.

Lyft began operations at the airport on Friday. 

“We’re excited to welcome Lyft to Fresno,” Swearengin said. “With the growing demand for innovation in transportation, this agreement provides more choice for travelers while also creating opportunities for local residents to increase their income on their own time.”

Lyft passenger drop off is located in front of the airport terminal similar to other motorists providing transportation to the airport. Drivers pick up passengers curbside at a designated area located between the front of the terminal and baggage claim. 

“We are pleased to facilitate this added transportation option to and from the Fresno Airport as part of our continued commitment to enhance services for the traveling public,” said Director of Aviation Kevin Meikle. “There has been significant interest in ridesharing access at the airport and we expect it to be very popular.”

Kirk Safford, Lyft’s manager of airports and venues, said, “We’re excited to launch at Fresno Yosemite International, and we’d like to thank Mayor Swearengin, Director of Aviation Meikle and his staff for their collaborative efforts in bringing Lyft’s safe, affordable rides to the airport.”

City officials are currently working with Uber to arrange a similar agreement, according to Mark Standriff, Fresno’s director of communications and public affairs. “Hopefully, Uber will be able to operate at the airport soon too,” Standriff said.

The California Public Utilities Commission, which regulates ridesharing companies like Lyft and Uber, does not allow them to operate at airports around the state without a permit.

“Because this is a no-cost contract, the city council does not need to approve it,” Standriff said.

The initial contract between the airport and Lyft will run for 12 months. “Lyft will provide self-reporting tracking data so we can analyze how their operations impact other operations and sources of revenue at the airport,” Standriff said.

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