It will come as welcome news to globetrotters and international businessmen alike that Sydney airport is about to lift its controversial ban on UberX with a dedicated area for drivers of the ride sharing service to collect passengers.
An area next to the T2 and T3 terminals used by Qantas, Virgin Australia, Jetstar, Tigerair and Rex, and potentially the T1 international terminal (where you can already use UberBlack) will be devoted to UberX pick-ups.
“Sydney Airport is currently developing new arrangements to accommodate all booked service operators at the airport, including ride sharing services services such as Uber, as well as limousines and pre-booked taxis,” a spokesperson for Sydney Airport confirmed to Australian Business Traveller. “We will shortly be consulting with our airport partners regarding these new proposed arrangements.”
UberX rides from the airport to the Sydney CBD are in fact 20-30% cheaper than the equivalent taxi fare, and let’s be honest, a much more comfortable and pleasant experience in general.
Despite the airport’s accommodation for UberX, drivers will be charged an ‘access fee’ to use the designated T2/T3 pick-up zone. Taxi drivers currently pay $4.10 to enter Sydney Airport’s pick-up area, with that fee being added to your fare at the end of the trip.
Good news for Uber-loving travellers who are sick of the cheeky nearby airport hotel pickup.