Uber, Lyft to end operations at Phoenix airport

Dive Brief:
Uber and Lyft plan to cease operations at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport (PHX) due to a new spike in ride-hailing fees, representatives for the companies told Smart Cities Dive.

The Phoenix City Council passed a city code amendment to increase and add new fees to airport ground transportation trips. Ride-hailing fees currently are $2.66 per pick-up and will rise to $4 next year, then they incrementally increase to $5.00 by 2024. A $4 drop-off fee has also been created. However, taxi, shuttle and charter bus fees all will be lower than their current rates.

Uber and Lyft both intend to cease operations at PHX before the fees take effect on Feb. 1, 2020.