Fresno Yosemite International Airport officials and Uber are in talks to restore pickup and drop-off service at the airport.
Last month, airport officials ended their operating agreement with Uber, which stopped providing service from the airport on May 1.
At the time, Kevin Meikle, director of airports for the city of Fresno, said Rasier-CA LLC – which does business as Uber – no longer wished to live by the operating agreement it had with the city since last June. The California Public Utilities Commission forbids “transportation network companies,” such as Uber and Lyft from doing business at California airports without an operating agreement with individual airports.
Lyft continues to serve the Fresno airport.
One of the city’s requirements is that transportation network companies enable tracking and reporting of their drivers’ trips to the airport through a third-party clearinghouse.
Last month, the Fresno City Council turned down a proposal by the airport to begin charging a $3 fee for each trip by ride share drivers to pick up or drop off passengers at Fresno Yosemite International. The fee was proposed to help make up for a decline in revenue from airport parking lots over the past year as more passengers turn to Uber and Lyft to get to and from the airport.
Uber told The Bee that “we are working with the Fresno Yosemite International Airport to renew our airport permit and look forward to continuing to service the hundreds of riders and drivers that currently rely on Uber.”
Uber and Lyft have been averaging about 3,700 trips to and from the airport each month. Uber was thought to have about about 80 percent of the market share.
There are no fees or charges associated with the operating agreement. The airport tracks ride share services to help make plans for future infrastructure needs, including whether to expand airport parking when rideshare companies alter the numbers of passengers using the parking lots.
Meikle said he was is hopeful that Uber would reconsider its decision.
“We want them back; we hope they will come back,” he said in April. “We’re continuing to reach out to them, to stay in contact.”