The Airport Commission of Savannah, Georgia has just approved an agreement that allows private airport transfers at the Savanna-Hilton Head International Airport via the smartphone-based application Uber.
Uber is a mobile application developed by Uber Technologies in California. It is for smartphone users to use their mobile phones to submit a trip request which is then routed to Uber drivers who use their own cars. As of May 28, 2015, Uber is available in 58 countries and about 300 cities worldwide.
Lori Lynah, an airport spokesman, says that they had prepared for Uber in Savannah since it was only a matter of time before they integrate Uber into their airport transfer services as many other states have already going through the same process. Since many passengers coming to Savannah are from large cities wherein Uber was already operating, people are already familiar with it.
She further said that if Uber were to operate in Savannah, they had to operate in the way the Airport Commission wanted them to.
The agreement is already pending for the approval of pending. Even so, the Airport Commission has already planned to designate a part of the lower area for the Uber pick-up area. Moreover, they are not to be allowed to roam around the airport premises like taxi drivers looking for fares.
However, taxi drivers have found these restrictions useless. Robert Dumm, who has been driving a taxi cab for 20 years, says that the idea of Uber is troubling on their part since their vehicles had to go through inspections while the drivers had to go through background checks and had to procure badges to operate at the airport. Taxi drivers have to go through all of the above while Uber drivers did not.
Dumm believes that Uber may put them out of business as it is a cheaper alternative especially in times when the taxi cab business is at its lowest points in terms of profits. However, Lynah says that there is not yet an assurance that Uber fares will be cheaper than taxi rides. Uber merely provides the passenger another option and an alternative to taxi cabs.
While the citizens of Savannah are already raving about Uber, taxi cab drivers are already fearing that they would be out of business in only a few months past the coming of Uber.