PHOENIX — The city of Phoenix Aviation Department recently said it will postpone a recommendation to implement commercial ground transportation trip fees until further notice.
In a memo to businesses that provide private ground transportation services to and from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Tracey Rivas, Ground Transportation Superintendent, Operations Division, said the decision was reached after holding several industry outreach meetings and listening to industry stakeholders.
Rivas wrote, “The Department understands the economy has been challenging, however it continues to significantly subsidize facilities and services necessary to support commercial ground transportation operations. While many airports around the country already have a trip fee system in place to recover costs, Sky Harbor will delay implementation at this time.”
She said businesses will be notified when those discussions are reopened.
David Warren, owner of Blue Sky Parking and president of the Phoenix Passenger Alliance, wrote an editorial about the proposed fee hike and said it would cost his business $500,000 per year, a figure higher than their annual payroll.
Warren said the “information meetings” held by the city were “full of company representatives pleading for mercy.”
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SOURCE: Sonora News (Ariz.)