When Aengus MacKenzie of Boston visits Orlando’s theme parks, he almost always takes an Uber car back to the airport.
“It’s just more reasonably priced,” said MacKenzie, 47.
But when he flies in, he must choose from other options such as taxicabs or theme-park shuttle services. Uber’s basic low-cost service has not been allowed to pick up at the airport, only drop off.
That could soon change. A bill headed to Gov. Rick Scott’s desk is expected to clear the way for app-based ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft to expand operations at airports, including Orlando International.
The bill, HB 221, would nullify Orlando’s local regulations and others in favor of one statewide standard. It would also direct airports to negotiate agreements with Uber to provide its general UberX service at airports. Right now Uber is only allowed to operate its more expensive luxury-car service, now called Uber Select, at OIA. A trip from OIA to downtown Orlando using the service costs more than $50.
“Not only the residents of the Orlando area, but the visitors to the Orlando area, have expressed that they would like the UberX product at the airport, and in the coming weeks we’ll have conversations to hopefully come […]