JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Uber and Jacksonville International Airport were in a fight over fees. It wasn't a question of "if" but instead "how much" extra you'll have to pay to use the ride-sharing service if you are picked up at the airport.
According to a spokesperson from JIA, Uber and JIA have reached an agreement. Pickup fees for taxis and transportation network companies like Uber will be $2.50 and it will be changing to $3.25 in September.
Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) and Uber have reached an agreement for the rideshare company to legally operate at Jacksonville International Airport (JAX). There will be no disruption in service for Uber users.The contract should be signed and executed within a week.
A JIA spokesperson said representatives met with Uber on Monday and proposed a plan to start charging a $3.25 surcharge and on Friday, the agreement was made.
Uber said in a statement: “Earlier today, Uber and the Jacksonville Aviation Authority reached an agreement in principle regarding pickup fees and an operating agreement at Jacksonville International Airport. We thank the airport's leadership for working to ensure that Jacksonville residents continue to have access to affordable and reliable transportation options.”
Taxi passengers are already hit with an extra $2.50 surcharge to operate at the airport.
Governor Scott signed legislation regulating companies like Uber and Lyft back in May, which allows the airport to charge ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft. The new law went into effect July 1.
The ride-sharing legislation said that airports and seaports are allowed to charge ride-sharing companies extra fees, so long as they are consistent with those of taxis. The JIA spokesperson interprets that as meaning they can charge similar rates to taxis and Uber, but they don't have to be the same.
"I think the thousands of Jacksonville residents and visitors that have come to rely on ride sharing expect not just an accessible and reliable ride, but expect an affordable ride," said Javi Correoso, a spokesperson for Uber in Florida.