UberBlack, the upscale version of the ride share program, is now picking up, as well as dropping off, passengers at Orlando International Airport.
It had been banned from accepting travelers departing Orlando International for more than a year in a dispute over airport fees and permits.
But UberBlack and city officials reached an agreement last month, which resulted in the suspension of a lawsuit by Orlando that kept the company away from pickups.
Uber X, the most common and cheaper ride, still cannot get travelers at the airport, Orlando International and Uber officials confirmed.
Customers of Uber were notified on their smart phones Wednesday that they could use the premium service.
Uber spokesman Bill Gibbons said “With UberBlack, visitors that land at the Orlando International Airport will now have another safe, convenient transportation option available to get them where they need to go.”
He declined further comment.
A spokesman for Mears Transportation – the largest taxi company in Metro Orlando – said the operation has no problem competing with UberBlack at the airport.
“It is our understanding they have agreed to comply with all regulations and permitting requirements, including paying commercial lane fees like everyone else, which is all we ever suggested they do from the very beginning,” said Roger Chapin.
Orlando International charges taxis a $50 application fee, $3.15 per half-hour dwell time and $2.65 for each passenger picked up. Last year, the airport collected $10.1 million in vehicle-for-hire fees last year.
Uber X has not agreed to pay the fees, unlike UberBlack, which offers nicer vehicles, such as Audis and Lincolns, at a high price. Uber X cars typically are newer models, but not necessarily luxurious.
The city had been keeping out all Uber services from airport pickups through the suit, which was before Orange County Judge Lisa Munyon. The agreement now in effect can be reopened in late May 2016 if either side is unhappy.