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Fee considered for cabs at Eppley Airfield

Published: Sep. 11, 2020 at 4:11 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 11, 2020 at 4:22 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - It could cost air passengers a little more money to be dropped off or picked up at Eppley Airfield.

Officials with the Omaha Airport Authority are considering a pickup fee for taxis, shuttles or limos.

Pick up fees are common for similar-sized airports across the country.

Since early summer, Uber and Lyft drivers have paid a $2.75 trip transaction fee for every pickup or drop off at Eppley.

“The Omaha Airport Authority is a non-taxing authority. That means we do not collect any general revenue taxes, the FAA requires the airport to be as self-sustaining as possible,” said Steve McCoy, director of air service and business development for the Omaha Airport Authority. "We collect user fees to support the operation and the maintenance of the airport.

Airport authority officials say Uber and Lyft drivers already pay a pick-up fee. Officials say the intent of the discussion is to create a consistent approach to ground transport at Eppley airfield.

John Davis is the general manager for Z-Trip in Omaha. He said he doesn’t know details about the possible fees but said with all businesses feeling the effects of COVID-19, now is not the time to add fees.

“My concern first and foremost would be that any additional costs like that are obviously going to trickle down to the folks that are using the airport -- the traveling public,” Davis said. “Our business is certainly down, considerably, based off of where we should be seasonably this time of year. I would say roughly our ridership is down about 45 percent.”

The airport authority will meet with cab companies and the Nebraska Public Service Commission in October to further discuss the possibility of charging cab drivers a pickup fee.

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