In an email sent out earlier this week, Uber Canada’s public policy manager Jean-Christophe de le Rue has revealed that Uber drivers are not yet allowed to do airport pickups in Saskatoon, CBC News is reporting. “Presently, riders can use Uber for an affordable trip to the airport,” he wrote.
De le Rue, however, continued that this won’t be the case for long as the company has had positive initial discussions with airport management about operating at YXE. “We hope to be permitted to do pickups at the airport in the near future.”
Chad Munchinsky, the airport’s terminal services manager, has also confirmed that initial conversations with Uber have been going well and that if required, ride-share loading and unloading area will be established on the airport’s public curbside:
A post on the airport authority’s website Tuesday — the day Uber launched its least expensive variant, UberX, in Saskatoon — said that airports across the country are rolling out the welcome mat to ride-sharing companies. “Skyxe is committed to bringing ride-sharing to our curb as quickly as possible,” the authority wrote.
The Saskatoon Airport Authority has also recently launched a new pricing scheme for Skyxe-licensed taxis, which includes a flat rate of $20 for pickups in the downtown core. In comparison, the same trip via Uber would cost a passenger $24.57 according to the ride-sharing app.