Airport-Centered Rideshare Company Wingz Gets Permit to Operate at SFO

On the heels of granting permits to Uber, Lyft and Sidecar, San Francisco International Airport officials announced today that Wingz, an airport-centered transportation network company, can now operate legally there as well.

Wingz, a company that connects passengers looking for rides to and from airports with drivers through a mobile app, will begin legally operating at SFO in the next 30 days, airport officials said.

“We are pleased to provide another transportation option at SFO,” airport director John Martin said in a statement. “This agreement reflects our commitment to new business concepts like Wingz, and our responsibility to ensure safe, reliable service for our customers.”

Wingz’s service focuses exclusively on airports, offering rides for a $35 flat rate.

Permits became required at California airports earlier this year because of new regulations on the transportation network companies issued by the California Public Utilities Commission.

The permits had been required since April, but no TNC was granted one until October. Among the stipulations of the permits, TNCs must track how many drivers are going to and from the airport and pay a fee per ride similar to limousines and taxis.

Despite not having permits, numerous TNC drivers were cited for operating at the airport illegally between April and October, SFO officials said.

Scott Morris, Bay City News

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