Lyft has become the first ride-sharing company to begin
licensed service at Los Angeles International Airport.
The company began pick-ups and drop-offs at LAX on
The move came after an August vote of the Los Angeles
City Council that paved the way for Lyft and its main rival, Uber, to apply for
licensed operations at LAX.
“Tomorrow, we will have ‘Lyft-off’ at LAX, giving our
passengers what they have been asking for, another safe and convenient way to
get to and from the airport," Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a statement
Under its license, Lyft will pay LAX $4 per trip.
Pick-ups and drop-offs will take place on the upper departure level. Drivers
must follow holding-area rules designed to reduce congestion in the central
According to the Los Angeles Times, a typical taxi ride
from the airport to downtown costs $50, while a ride with Lyft is expected to
cost closer to $30.
Uber has also negotiated with airport authorities for a
license to do business there, according to the Times.