UberX and Go Car passengers will pay a minimum $4 surcharge for being picked up at Sydney Airport’s domestic terminals from September 13.
The fee will also apply to pre-booked taxis and friends and family collecting travellers from the new Priority Pick-up zone – currently a free public pick-up zone – located between the T2 and T3 domestic terminals used by Qantas, Virgin Australia, Jetstar, Tigerair and Rex, among others.
Drivers waiting in this zone for up to 15 minutes will be charged $4 – a fee which drivers of UberX and Go Car will pass on to their passengers.
This is in line with the $4.10 access fee paid by taxis using the Sydney Airport rank.
However, long waits will prove even more expensive, at $8 for 16-30 minutes and $20.40 for up to one hour.
Hire cars and UberBlack rides will continue to use the existing kerbside pick-up zones outside each of the domestic terminals.
Walk further for a free ride
The free passenger pick-up area is being relocated further away from the terminals to the P3 undercover multi-storey car park, with the free pick-up time limit extended from 10 minutes to to 15 minutes.
There will also be a one hour free parking option at the Blu Emu Car Park, accessible to both T2 and T3 via a free shuttle bus.
The new priority pick-up zone comes "in addition to the range of car parking options available at the airport for people who wish to park and stay longer, including savings for those who pre-book their parking online," says Sydney Airport Corporation.
"Sydney Airport has developed these new arrangements as a passenger-focused solution to the changing operational landscape of pre-booked commercial services."
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