Uber can now serve passengers at Norfolk airport

Uber had not been operating at the airport since November.

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- Uber is now able to pick up and drop off passengers at the Norfolk International Airport.

The Norfolk Airport Authority and Uber reached an agreement Wednesday.

Uber has not been operating at the airport since November.  By law, Uber has to have a permit agreement to operate.

Airport officials said in December that Uber had to enter into the same deal it made with Lyft, because it can't show favoritism towards any one company. Giving Uber a better deal, would just be unfair, officials said.

The airport's one-year contract with Lyft includes a $10,000 security fee, a $5,000 annual operating fee, and $2 for each drop-off and pick-up.

Uber said those fees were way too high, and didn't understand why the airport couldn't lower its fees and enter into a new deal with Lyft, so that both companies would pay the same price.

The security and operating fees for Uber have now been dropped in the new agreement.

"The Norfolk Airport Authority removed the security deposit and the annual operating fee from the Agreement during our negotiations with Uber," airport spokesman Robert Bowen told 13NewsNow.com. "The only fees remaining in the agreement are $2.00 per pick-up and drop-off."

"While we believe the pickup and drop off fees are still too high, the compromise with the Airport Authority will enable our partners to resume providing safe, reliable rides to residents and visitors of the Norfolk area," said Annaliese Rosenthal, Uber Virginia General Manager.

Service can begin immediately, airport officials said. 








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