A new fee has been activated for Uber and Lyft passengers going to the Charleston Airport as of Tuesday, October 1, 2019. A $3.25 fee for rides going to the airport was approved by the Aviation Authority Board.
The Charleston Airport does not have the infrastructure to handle the amount of rideshare traffic they are receiving. With the airport being over capacity, they need a way to pay for changes to the system, which is why the fee is now in place. In 2015, Uber and Lyft were made to charge a pick up fee from the Charleston Airport, but the Aviation Authority Board is now requiring a fee for passengers being dropped off as well. The airport has already funded a two million dollar expansion of their current parking and drop off areas for rideshares.
Rideshare transportation at the Charleston airport has tripled in recent years, which is outgrowing the local airport. With rideshares, like Lyft and Uber, making up 80% of all transportation to and from the airport, the fee should have a serious impact on what the airport is able to afford to do in terms of accommodating current and future traffic. The $3.25 seems like a fairly big surcharge to add on to your ride, but it will have a significant impact on the convenience passengers and drivers feel when they fly at Charleston.
RideGuru is a great resource to keep in your back pocket at home and when you’re traveling. Through our Airport page you can find a list of all available rideshare services at many airports around the world. We will also tell you if you will have to pay an extra fee for using a certain service! Plan ahead, save money, and happy ridesharing!