Uber drivers will now be cited if they attempt fares to or from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, but Lyft is allowed to operate freely, the airport announced Tuesday. After negotiating with both transportation network companies, ABIA said it was only able to reach an agreement with Lyft.
"Lyft has become the first and only transportation network company permitted to operate as a ridesharing operator at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport," said the City of Austin. According to a news release, Lyft has agreed to a one-year pilot program and will give a portion of the proceeds, commonly referred to as "concession fee," back to the airport.
According to officials, ABIA began negotiating with both ridesharing apps in February and reached an agreement on March 6. Under the new deal, Lyft agreed to pay ABIA about 10 percent of its gross revenue on rides operating from the airport. Though Uber did not agree to the conditions, the ridesharing app can still opt in at any time.
With SXSW beginning this week — and the bevy of Uber-loving New Yorkers and San Franciscans passing through ABIA that come with it — this will undoubtedly be a blow to the ridesharing app. To read a full list of transportation options, go here.