Uber says it’s ending service at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX). The Phoenix City Council announced Wednesday it’s raising fees assessed to ridesharing companies who serve the airport — and Uber is hailing a ride out.
Holiday travelers need not worry, though. According to Fox News, Uber’s departure isn’t expected until January.
Fox noted that curbside pickup fees at PHX will increase from $2.66 to $4 starting in February. The city is also implementing a $4 drop-off fee — which raised 25 cents each year through 2024.
Phoenix mayor Kate Gallego said, “Phoenix is a global city. We want to invest in a first-class airport.”
(Maybe PHX passengers will want to consider parking at offsite hotels and using complimentary shuttles to/from the airport?)
Uber, for its part, said in a statement, “Our riders and drivers should not be treated as a piggybank to fill the airport’s budget holes. On behalf of the riders and drivers who rely on Uber, we cannot accept a partnership that unfairly burdens our shared passengers.”
Uber quit serving Ontario (CA) International Airport (ONT) in September after that airport hiked pickup and drop-off fees from $3 to $4.
And in the UK, Uber is on thin ice after losing its license (a move Fortune surmised “may just be the beginning of a global ride-hailing backlash”). The company, though, continues to operate while the issue is under appeal. Indian ride-sharing firm Ola says its preparing to launch in London.
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