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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 12, 2016

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Welcomes Rideshare Companies in Time for Holiday Travel
New Options Compliment Gateway’s ‘Just Plane Easy’ Services

MESA, Ariz. — Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport has revised its ground transportation rules and will allow Transportation Network Companies (TNC’s), such as Lyft and Uber, to operate at the passenger terminal.  With this announcement, passengers arriving at Gateway Airport can be picked up from a designated area in front of the baggage claim terminal.  The rule changes come in response to strong consumer demand and will be effective in time for the start of the busy holiday travel season. 

“Gateway Airport is known for being Just Plane Easy from roadway to runway,” said J. Brian O’Neill, A.A.E., Executive Director/CEO of the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority. “We are pleased to build upon that reputation by adding additional ground transportation options for our customers and employees.”

The new rules, approved last month by the Airport Authority Board of Directors, allow TNC’s to enter into a License Agreement with the Airport and provide services to Gateway Airport customers.  TNC’s are a welcome addition to the extensive ground transportation services already offered at the Airport including taxicab service, ride-share vans, limousines, and car rental services. 

Mesa Mayor John Giles, Chairman of the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority added, “Visitors to the Phoenix East Valley have embraced Arizona’s “sharing economy” and these additional services add to the affordability and convenience of visiting our region.”

“Residents and out of town visitors have already grown accustomed to Lyft’s convenient and affordable rides,” said Donald Griffin Jr., Lyft Business Development Manager, Airports & Venues.  “We appreciate the efforts of the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport staff for their desire to expand transportation access so their customers can get to and from the airport safely.”

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About Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport:
Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport is owned and operated by the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority (PMGAA).  PMGAA consists of representation from Mesa, Gilbert, Queen Creek, Gila River Indian Community, Phoenix, and Apache Junction. Gateway Airport offers nonstop passenger service to 38 cities via Allegiant Airlines and welcomes more than 1.3 million passengers each year.  Corporate, military and general aviation customers are served by Gateway Aviation Services, a 24-hour full service FBO located just north of the passenger terminal.

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority Media Contact:
Ryan Smith, Strategic Communications/Government Relations
Phone: 480-988-7617

About Lyft:
Lyft was founded in June 2012 by Logan Green and John Zimmer to reconnect people and communities through better transportation. Lyft is the fastest growing rideshare company in the U.S and is available in more than 200 cities. Lyft is preferred by drivers and passengers for its safe and friendly experience, and its commitment to affecting positive change for the future of our cities.

Lyft Media Contact:
Mary Caroline Pruitt, Communications
Phone: 817-229-8193