By Matthew Clark
Published Feb. 8, 2016
Passengers coming in and out of Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport have another transportation option.
GSP officials said they have reached an agreement with the app-based ride-sharing service Uber to allow the transportation network company to operate at the airport. The agreement took effect Jan. 25.
“We reached the agreement because it is all about providing options to those individuals who are seeking transportation to and from GSP,” said Rosylin Weston, vice president of communication for GSP.
Under the new agreement, Uber drivers do not have to register individually with the airport district and can now drop off or pick up at the terminal. Uber drivers will wait for a transportation request in a designated area near the terminal then, once the request has been made, the driver will proceed to the terminal for pickup in the green zone located outside of baggage claim.
Dave Edwards, GSP Airport District president and CEO said allowing Uber to operate at the airport was the “right thing to do at the right time.”
Uber was cleared to operate in South Carolina in January 2015. A bill passed by the General Assembly in a special session and signed into law by Gov. Nikki Haley in June cleared up regulatory confusion and required companies such as Uber to obtain permits to operate and drivers for those companies to undergo background checks.
In August, the Charleston County Aviation Authority approved an ordinance to allow Uber to operate at the Charleston International Airport. According to Uber’s website, it also operates in Columbia and Myrtle Beach in South Carolina.
Weston said once the legality on the state level was decided, GSP officials started discussions that led to the operating agreement. She said Uber pays the airport a fee based on pickups, “which is like any other operator.” The airport will continue to have other ground transportation providers available for customers not using Uber.