LAX to Ban Uber, Lyft and Taxi Curbside Pickups: Will Other Airports Follow Suit?

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If you thought flying into Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) could be a little frustrating at times, then you’ll probably find this bit of news encouraging — or maybe not. Starting October 29, those looking to take Uber, Lyft or a taxi will be required to walk or take a shuttle to a waiting area just east of Terminal 1, as detailed in a Forbes report.

  • Los Angeles Airport will ban ride-hailing services and taxi curbside pickups, beginning on October 29, 2019.
  • Travelers flying into LAX wanting to use Uber, Lyft or cabs will be required to take a shuttle or walk to a lot, where the vehicles will be stationed.
  • Uber and Lyft are at odds over whether the shuttle-system will help improve traffic at the airport or make it worse.

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is a busy, congested mess at the best of times. (Photo: Getty Images)

Shuttle to the lot

The move is aimed at cutting down congestion at LAX, which is the fourth-largest airport in the world when it comes to passenger count. Ride-hailing services and taxis will continue to be able to make curbside drop-offs at the airport.

Uber contends that the new shuttle system could wind up making traffic worse, while subjecting passengers to longer wait times to get to their final destinations. One of Uber’s biggest concern is the limited ingress and egress, and the size of the waiting area, dubbed LAX-it lot.

Uber has been allocated 37 stalls for pickups. Company officials argue the spaces will be insufficient, considering that Uber sees nearly 500 pickups per hour on average and over 1,000 per hour during peak times.

Lyft, on the other hand, is a lot more optimistic about the idea, noting that they are committed to working with LAX officials to help reduce congestion at the airport.

San Francisco International Airport implemented a similar plan in early June.


The decision to ban curbside ride-hailing and taxi pickups at Los Angeles International Airport could prompt other airports to follow suit. It’s also indicative of a growing movement around the nation intent on reducing the number of ride-hailing vehicles overall as a means to help reduce traffic congestion.

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