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Akron-Canton Airport will charge Uber, Lyft drivers to wait for riders

GREEN, Ohio - The Akron-Canton Airport this month will begin requiring ride-share drivers to buy a $400 annual permit to wait for riders on airport property, including in the cell phone lot.

Airport officials said it was updating its rules to make the system fair for all drivers, including taxi and limo drivers, who were already required to obtain permits. However, some Uber and Lyft drivers said it's an unfair burden on drivers.

"We want all of our transportation companies to be able to operate in a way that's efficient for them," said Akron-Canton Airport Director of Marketing Lisa Dalpaiz. "This is just being fair to all of our transportation companies, so if we're going to be charging the taxi drivers, it's fair to be charging Uber and Lyft drivers. We are providing their customers for them."

Drivers without a permit will still be able to pick up and drop off riders at the terminal but will have to wait for customers off site and will not be permitted to linger on airport grounds.

Dalpaiz said Summit County sheriff's deputies who work security at the airport will enforce the regulation, which takes effect May 21.

At other, larger airports, including Cleveland Hopkins, Uber and Lyft charge each rider an additional fee directly.

"We've been trying to work with Uber and Lyft, the corporate headquarters, to get that taken care of, and we've been unable to get a partnership with them," Dalpaiz said.

Some drivers said the fee places an unfair burden on drivers, who often work part-time.

"We cannot afford $400 out of our pocket because it's just a part-time gig for almost every driver in Akron," said Eric Kirkland, an Uber and Lyft driver who oversees a local Facebook group for ride-share drivers.

He said he thinks the change could reduce the number of drivers servicing the airport, leading to longer waits for riders.

"I just think it's unfair to ask drivers to pay that fee out of our pockets when it's not like that anywhere else," Kirkland said. "Uber and Lyft need to work with the airport to come up with a better solution."

A Lyft spokesperson provided a statement saying Lyft has been in active conversations with Akron-Canton Airport staff in order to find a "collaborative way forward."

"We are hopeful CAK will continue to work with us to ensure travelers have access to affordable transportation options like ride-sharing," spokesperson Kaitlyn Carl said in the statement.

Uber did not yet respond to a request for comment.

Ride-share driver Mike Beck, who services the Akron-Canton Airport often, said he planned to buy the permit and hopes it will thin the number of drivers, leading to more business.

"The blame should go on Uber and Lyft. It's rough that we have to pay it, but it is what it is," he said. "The airport has to do what the airport has to do."
 

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I'll never understand why the airport gives a crap about being "fair" to all transportation companies. Unless the cabs are theirs?

At least they are still allowing rideshare pickups. Does it matter if you're waiting on the airport grounds or not? I'm not sure of the situation there. I can't imagine many rideshare drivers paying that obnoxious fee. Even if they lose rides to a couple who paid and are closer, there would have to be rides to drivers outside the area, no?

I wonder which businesses will now complain that drivers are camping out on their lots waiting for rides. Seems like a stupid thing from the Akron/Canton airport.
 

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Do the limos and taxis have to maintain their own cars and pay for the gas. We do that’s why uber and Lyft drivers shouldn’t have this extra burden
 

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I'll never understand why the airport gives a crap about being "fair" to all transportation companies. Unless the cabs are theirs?

At least they are still allowing rideshare pickups. Does it matter if you're waiting on the airport grounds or not? I'm not sure of the situation there. I can't imagine many rideshare drivers paying that obnoxious fee. Even if they lose rides to a couple who paid and are closer, there would have to be rides to drivers outside the area, no?

I wonder which businesses will now complain that drivers are camping out on their lots waiting for rides. Seems like a stupid thing from the Akron/Canton airport.
CAK really promotes itself as so customer friendly, yet for a long time their cabs were scary, dirty and just plain embarrassing. This recent move takes about ten steps backwards as they favor their cab companies.

The old Uber would ID the accounts of deputies looking to bust drivers and show them false maps. :)
 

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Wait a second guys... we're still allowed to drop people off at the airport, without a permit, right?

So basically if I'm on 77 driving past CAK I can get a passenger? I just can't be sitting on airport property waiting? ( which I've never done at either airport anyway).

So Über drivers aren't going to pay for a permit, passengers that want a cheap ride can't get one, and this doesn't make any sense? The airport wants to be fair to LIMO drivers? Which costs passengers at least $100 per hour? Right. Right.
 

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Uber and Lyft need to remove any queue that may be there. Why any driver would pay $400 out of pocket is beyond me.

I have a feeling once passengers are forced into cabs the airport will start hearing from them and the airlines.
 
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