Uber, Wingz Cleared for Passenger Pickups at John Wayne Airport

Travelers, rejoice! The popular rideshare companies, Uber and Wingz, began operating alongside traditional taxicabs at Orange County’s John Wayne Airport this week. The companies were issued the first in a series of permits on Monday, nearly a month after county supervisors signed off on the plan.

Previously, Uber and Lyft were able to drop customers off at the airport, but pickups were more of a challenge. Unless the passengers were using UberBLACK or UberSUV, they would have to either hail a taxi or cross MacArthur Boulevard to meet up with their driver.

Under the new permits, the drivers will be able to enter John Wayne as long as the pickup has been scheduled. They must also pay a $2.25 pickup fee.

The mounting popularity of rideshare companies has forced officials to take a second look at regulations pertaining to airport drop-offs and pick-ups. San Diego International Airport is scheduled to launch its pilot program today. The companies are still banned from LAX, despite numerous petitions and lobbying efforts. Since 2013, about 500 tickets have been issued for illegal pickups by Uber and Lyft drivers at LAX.

Read more about the new permits here.