Arriving passengers at Adelaide Airport can get an UberX pick-up from today.
Until now, arrivals have had to get a taxi or the more expensive “luxury” Uber Black service from the airport.
The move follows the accreditation of Uber in South Australia earlier this year, after an agreement was reached by the ridesharing service and the state government. Uber had been operating in Adelaide since 2016 but without a licence, and therefore, unregulated.
The new designated zone for the UberX fleet follows a similar move at Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Canberra and Perth airports. The cars are still banned from pick-up at Melbourne and Hobart airports.
The changes are another blow to the taxi industry, which has suffered significantly since the ridesharing service launched in Adelaide.
United Taxi Association president Trimann Gill told InDaily today revenue has gone down around 30 per cent in the last six months. “In two years’ time I don’t think taxis will be viable,” he said. “[Registration costs] for taxis have gone up … if the government doesn’t reduce the expense of taxis in the near future, no-one will be willing to operate a taxi.”
A spokesperson for Uber says thousands of passengers open the Uber app on arrival at Adelaide Airport each week. “Modern travellers like the convenience of using the apps they know and trust when they go abroad or interstate these days,” says Uber’s head of Australian cities Tom White. “We’ve worked closely with the airport to ensure our technology makes ground connections in Adelaide simple and safe for arriving passengers.”
The new rideshare pickup area is a two-minute walk from the arrivals hall. Fare estimates are $17–$22 to the CBD, $19–$24 to Adelaide Oval and $18–$23 to Glenelg.
Adelaide Airport also announced today plans for a new dedicated taxi drop-off zone next to the terminal, freeing up space at the existing drop-off area. Improvements will also be made to the existing taxi pick-up rank to provide better weather protection.
It's the second big announcement out of Adelaide Airport this week. On Monday Jetstar announced a new, direct flight between Adelaide and Hobart.