Published : Wednesday, March 20, 2019 | 6:15 AM
Ride-sharing companies, including Lyft and Uber, will have to pay 50 cents more for every passenger pick-up or drop-off they make at the Hollywood Burbank Airport, after the tri-city Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority voted Monday to increase service fees for safety and maintenance purposes.
Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek was absent and missed the voting. The two other Pasadena representatives, City Councilman Steve Madison and Dr. Ross Selvidge, were present.
Scott Kimball, the airport’s director of operations, business, development and safety, said the Authority voted 7-0 to approve the increase, from $3 to $3.50, as recommended by its Operations and Development Committee.
Kimball told the Los Angeles Times the increase would allow for more pick-up, drop-off curbside area maintenance funds. Monday’s agenda indicated the airport also plans to hire staff to supervise ride-share activity in the designated drop-off and pick-up areas of the airport.
The increase is expected to generate about $500,000 a year, the LA Times report said.
Ride-share companies operate at the airport through an Airport Access and Facilities Use Agreement, which authorizes an operator to drop off passengers at the curb in front of either Terminal A or B, and to pick up passengers at the pedestrian island in front of Terminal B.
The contract allows the Airport Authority to increase the fees on 35-days written notice to the ride-share operator, airport officials said.
Use of ride-share services at Hollywood Burbank Airport has been steadily growing since they started, requiring increased traffic management and supervision especially at the pick-up location.
In 2018, the airport recorded over 527,100 drop-offs and over 489,100 pick-ups, or a combined total of over a million. Based on revised flight schedules from the airlines, airport officials said they anticipate congestion related to ride-sharing will increase over the next few months.