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Uber, Lyft to begin picking up passengers from Sky Harbor soon

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PHOENIX — People arriving at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport will soon have another alternative to catch a ride: Uber or Lyft.

On Wednesday, the Phoenix City Council approved a new transportation policy for the airport that will allow both Uber and Lyft to pick up arriving passengers.

“This provides a more flexible framework for a variety of providers to do business at Sky Harbor — including Uber and Lyft — that our customers have been requesting,” Heather Lissner with the airport said.

Lissner said Uber and Lyft will be allowed to start picking up passengers on June 18.

Wednesday’s vote was the final step in a long process to bring the rideshare companies to the airport. A framework for the deal was first approved in January, while a March vote confirmed the city’s desire to put pen to paper on it.

Both Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and Gov. Doug Ducey were large proponents of the deal.

Prior to the council’s approval, the rideshare companies were legally only allowed to drop off passengers at Sky Harbor.

KTAR’s Lauren Grifo contributed to this report.

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