Uber and Lyft have agreed to terms with the Port of Seattle and will begin picking up Sea-Tac Airport passengers on Thursday. Wingz, a company that offers prebooked rides, will begin service early next week.
Passengers arriving at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Thursday will have new options for getting home: Uber and Lyft.
Uber has agreed to terms with the Port of Seattle and plans to offer uberX and uberPOOL rides by noon Thursday, said Brooke Steger, Uber’s Seattle general manager.
Lyft will begin offering rides at 11 a.m. Thursday, according to a statement from Bakari Brock, the company’s Senior Director of Business Operations.
Last week, the Port outlined conditions for ride-service companies to pick up airport passengers in a one-year pilot program. The companies have to pay a one-time activation fee, meet fuel-efficiency targets and track drivers to ensure they only pick up from Sea-Tac’s third-floor garage.
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Another company involved in ride-service negotiations with the Port, Wingz, which offers prebooked rides, will start its service from Sea-Tac next week.
To meet the Port’s environmental goals, Steger said Uber will allow only vehicles that get 45 mpg or better to pick up from the airport. She said about 30 percent of the company’s drivers in Seattle use cars that meet that standard.
“We want to put more people in each car, help reduce congestion and help reduce emissions,” Steger said.
She said Uber delivers thousands of people to the airport each week, and allowing at least some vehicles to pick people up will reduce one-way trips.
Uber created a geofence to let drivers make airport pickups if they’re waiting in a designated lot, Steger said. The requirement should help keep traffic flowing smoothly in arrival lines, she said.
Sea-Tac passengers should see signs in the airport directing them to ride-service locations, Steger said. The Uber app will also give directions to the third-floor garage where uberX and uberPOOL rides are available.
Passengers who select uberPOOL rides are matched with people going to similar destinations, and receive about a 25 percent discount for sharing a ride.
Steger said the company plans to offer uberPOOL service from downtown to the airport.
Uber’s black-car drivers, who must be licensed for airport pickup, will continue to pick up passengers in Sea-Tac’s arrivals driveway.
Wingz caters to frequent fliers and charges flat rates. Rides must be booked at least two hours in advance, said Mary Krick, the company’s chief administrative officer.
Last year, Wingz stopped drivers from picking up Sea-Tac passengers to be in compliance with the Port.
Krick said the company was looking forward to restarting operations in the Pacific Northwest.