Lyft beats Uber to become first ride-hailing app allowed at LAX


A passenger gets into a Lyft car. (AP)

Lyft is now allowed at Los Angeles International Airport.

Mayor Eric Garcetti says beginning today, the ride-hailing service will be permitted to make airport pickups. Previously, it could only drop people off.

The company will pay the airport $4 per trip.

In a statement, Lyft executive Bakari Brock says the move is a big step forward for consumers and comes just in time for the holiday season.

A competitor, Uber, won’t be allowed to make pickups until it completes the approval process for a permit.

The City Council voted earlier this year to grant ride-hailing companies the same airport access as taxis, shuttles and limousines.

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