Travelers now have another way to and from the Edmonton International Airport. On Thursday TappCar announced an agreement with the EIA to deliver ride sharing service to air travelers.
Pascal Ryffel is a spokesperson for TappCar, and he says that this agreement has been a long time coming.
“Part of the reason why it took awhile to get this done is because it doesn’t really exist anywhere in Canada yet. None of the other major airports have any policies that relate to ride-share in particular. So, in a way we were starting from scratch with the airport because we were going into uncharted territory sometimes it takes a little longer to make sure we get everything right.”
Ryffel says they didn’t have to make any significant changes to their operation in order to get in line with expectations from the EIA.
While this is a Canadian first for ride sharing, Ryffel hopes it’s the first of many.
“We’re operating in Calgary as well, so we will certainly be looking to get our foot in the door in places like that. Travelling to and from airports is always a really crucial piece of the puzzle for any vehicle for hire company because they tend to be longer trips, and the drivers love them of course because they bring extra income.”
As for traditional cabs, Ryffel says riders will vote with their wallets. A ride from the airport will cost you about $41.00 to Jasper Ave. Ryffel says the same cab ride is about $55.00.
The first 250 TappCar airport rides will go for a special rate of just $15.00.