Lyft is officially allowed to operate at Denver International Airport.
The company today announced that it inked a deal with airport officials to legally pick up and drop off passengers at DEN.
Lyft had already been conducting business at DEN for several months, but now it has a formal agreement in place with the airport that includes a fee structure, similar to separate deals Lyft has with SFO and BNA. Lyft will pay DEN to pick up and drop off passengers at the airport; taxi companies do the same.
Lyft is the first of the on-demand transportation startups to sign a deal with DEN. Uber has been operating its uberX service — both pickups and dropoffs — at DEN since Sept. 15. It has yet finalize a deal with officials.
Earlier this year, Colorado became the first state to legalize services like uberX and Lyft, which let drivers use their own cars to transport paying passengers.
We last wrote about DEN in July, when guest writer Dave Cook documented his frustrating experience on GeekWire after his uberX vehicle was pulled over on the left side of an offramp about a mile from the airport.
The officer, who cited the UberX driver for speeding, asked Cook if he was paying for his ride to the airport. When Cook — the brother of GeekWire co-founder John Cook — responded yes, the officer said he was going to educate Cook and the driver in Colorado state law, saying that Uber was illegal in the state.
The Denver PD issued a public apology three days after the incident and opened an internal investigation into the matter. In September, it wrote to Cook and noted that while there was “some ambiguity in the law that is currently being addressed,” the officer involved was counseled by his supervisor in regard to his actions. The officer also had “documentation of his misconduct” added to his permanent employee file, according to the letter.
DEN is the latest airport to make a deal with companies like Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar. SFO and BNA have similar agreements in place, which includes a fee payment made from the companies to the airports.