BUFFALO, NY - The ride-hailing service Lyft is playing hardball after the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced it would charge fees at the Buffalo Niagara Airport.
The NFTA said Thursday it would charge Uber and Lyft a $3.50 fee for each drop off and pick up. Lyft, however, says it will not operate at airport if fees exist.
"While we understand ground transportation fees are a part of doing business, the fee structure proposed by the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is the 5th highest in the country, and outside of industry standards for the size of its operations. During the hearing NFTA staff justified their position to the Board with incorrect examples of other airport fee structures," Lyft said in a statement.
"We will not be able to operate at BUF under these terms. Lyft has worked with over 220 airports across the country to help with cost recovery, and we are hopeful we will be able to find a way forward here as well."
The fees were approved Thursday by the NFTA's Board of Commissioners. Other airports across the country have similar fees for ride-sharing services.