DETROIT — A federal judge has ruled that transportation companies can continue to “meet and greet” clients at the Detroit Airport, for the time being. The ruling comes at a critical moment in a controversy between the Great Lakes Limousine Association (GLLA) and the airport authority. The judge would like the GLLA and the airport authority to continue talks and ordered the parties to come back to court on June 26.
Prior to its lawsuit, the GLLA had asked the Wayne County Airport Authority to immediately rescind a policy change. The policy includes an increase of more than 300% from the airport's current commercial vehicle access fee payable by operators as well as the restriction of terminal access by chauffeurs.
Under the new policy, limousines will pay a $10 staging fee per vehicles per trip to pick up passengers, which is a dramatic increase over the current $3 charge per day. In addition, under the new policy, drivers will have to remain with their vehicles and will be prohibited from meeting passengers inside the airport and assisting with luggage. Richard Greiner, GLLA president, sees multiple problems with this new directive. "First, this new policy sends to travelers a negative, uninviting, 'fend for yourself' message," said Greiner. "Physically disadvantaged passengers, as well as international passengers with language barriers, will have a more challenging time navigating the airport," said Greiner.