8/13/2019

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Ride-hailing giant Uber Technologies Inc. plans to stop offering service to and from Ontario International Airport near Los Angeles next month due to escalating fees.

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Ride-hailing giant Uber Technologies Inc. plans to stop offering service to and from Ontario International Airport near Los Angeles next month due to escalating fees.

Last month, the airport increased the rates it charges to Uber and rival ride-hailing providers from $3 to $4 for a drop off or pickup. Uber notes that traditional taxis and limousines pay only $3 for a pickup and aren’t charged for drop-offs.

Uber claims the fees are the most expensive of their kind for a medium-sized U.S. airport. The company also is charged $4 per ride at much larger and busier airports such as Los Angeles International Airport.

Lyft, which plans to continue to service at the airport, and Uber began serving the Ontario facility in July 2017. For the fiscal year that ended in June 2018, the ride-hailing companies paid a combined $807,000 to Ontario—compared with more than $44 million to LAX—according to the Los Angeles Times. Ontario collected about $1.3 million in such fees in the latest fiscal year.