Ride-sharing giants Uber and Lyft have become the dominant ground transportation providers at the Colorado Springs Airport in just over a year of service there, according to first quarter numbers released earlier this week by the airport.
Transportation network companies, which include Uber and Lyft, transported 43.2 percent of the passengers from the airport during the first quarter, while taxi providers zTrip, Springs Cab and Pikes Peak Cab transported 32.4 percent of the passengers during the same period, according to data compiled by the airport. Shuttles and courtesy vehicles transported most of the rest of the remaining passengers with limousines and non-commercial vehicles each transporting fewer than 2 percent of all passengers. That means Uber and Lyft expanded their share of the market about 10 percentage points from all of last year, while taxis lost nearly 7 percentage points in market share during the same period.
Lyft started picking up passengers at the Springs airport in December 2016, while Uber gained airport access in February 2017. Both companies and all three taxi providers pay a $2 per vehicle fee each time one of their drivers enters airport property.
Reports filed by zTrip with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission show the number of journeys provided by company, formerly know as Yellow Cab of Colorado Springs, has declined 45.8 percent between 2014 - the year Uber and Lyft expanded in the Springs - to last year. The reports also show the company's revenue fell by nearly half during the same period, and it lost $1.02 million last year.
"Ridesharing helps to expand mobility options for passengers, and we're thrilled that Colorado Springs residents have the ability to make a choice when it comes to transportation at the Airport," Uber spokeswoman Stephanie Sedlak said Wednesday in an emailed statement." We're pleased to offer a safe, reliable and affordable transportation option for riders, and flexible earning opportunities for drivers."
Bill George, president of the taxicab and sedan division of zTrip's parent company, Transdev on Demand Inc., declined to comment.
A Lyft spokeswoman didn't respond to an email seeking comment.
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