SEA-TAC INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT - Sea-Tac Airport is one of the fastest-growing airports in the nation and the demands of passengers are evolving. The airport is now testing a pilot program that allows drivers from companies like Uber and Lyft to pick up passengers at a designated spot within the airport.
In case you're wondering, it's on level 3.
As more airports across the country test out programs like this, Seattle often leads the way when it comes to testing out new services like this one. It's estimated that nearly 45 million passengers will go through the airport in 2016. Six years ago, that number was just 15 million.
"We are one of the first ten airports in the country to offer that service," says Brian DeRoy, Sea-Tac airport's public information officer. "It's just another option for our consumers."
In order for the companies to even get inside the airport, they've had to pay fees and drivers have had to meet fuel efficiency standards. For example, every car has to get at least 45 miles a gallon.
If you ask some customers, it's a sign of the times.
"I just feel like it ends up being a better deal, not to mention that you have it on your phone, you know," says Lea Marx, who uses Lyft over any other service. "You can just put in the information and drive to your house. I found that it's easier."
Airport officials have been talking about transportation issues for more than a year as the needs and demands change. Traditional services like taxis and limos have also been involved in discussions on how to move forward.
Uber, Lyft and Wingz are currently taking part in the pilot program, which started at the end of March.
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