Travelers can now take an Uber home from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport – for an extra $6.
The ride-share program announced the change Thursday, with uberX drivers available at the airport as of 1 p.m., according to an email news release. Before now, Uber could only drive passengers to the airport.
This comes as the Metropolitan Airport Commission continues to consider an ordinance that would allow Uber and other transportation network companies (TNCs) like Lyft to pick up passengers at the airport.
And Uber says allowing TNCs to pickup at the airport will help the airport commission as it develops a permanent ordinance.
“We have heard from hundreds of riders and drivers who have expressed a need for uberX at MSP airport,” Kenny Tsai of Uber Minnesota said in the release. “Today, we’re excited to be able to bring the option of uberX to MSP Airport to better serve those customers.”
To hail an uberX, the company asks riders to pick up their luggage before requesting a ride through their smartphone app. Then, confirm the terminal you're at and meet your driver at the Ground Transportation Center.
It's an extra $6 to get picked up from MSP Airport – but the added fee isn't much different from other ride services that also charge a fee.
The Business Journal says taxis charge $2.50 "flag drop fee" and a $4.25 airport access fee when picking people up from the airport.
Taxi companies have been opposed to Uber in general, and have been very outspoke about allowing the ride-share service to make pickups at MSP Airport, citing their highly regulated operations.