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San Francisco International Airport officials recently issued cease-and-desist orders to six different smartphone application-based rideshare companies like Lyft, SideCar and UberX, ostensibly to protect the 44 million passengers who travel though SFO every year. We have blogged extensively about these rideshare services in recent months, as San Francisco and other major cities across the country try to determine whether or not to allow them to operate outside the rules and regulations imposed on limousine services, taxi companies and other passenger carriers.
Officials report that passenger traffic at San Francisco International Airport surged to an all-time high for the fiscal year that ended this past June, with 21.4 million passengers boarding flights at SFO. The record eclipsed the old record of 20.2 million passengers set in 2000, and airport officials hope that this year’s passenger totals will be even better. Officials cited several factors that combined to set the new record, including these:
- Virgin America’s decision to make SFO their base of operations in 2007
- JetBlue, Southwest Airlines and United increasing operations at SFO to counter Virgin America’s move
- Tough economic conditions that prompted airlines to move services from airports in San Jose and Oakland in order to consolidate operations and reduce costs
- Recent upticks in spending and investment by Bay Area residents and businesses
- The renovation of Terminal 2
Chamber of Commerce official Jim Lazarus was delighted to hear about the new record, saying that this is clear evidence that the area economy is improving after a rough stretch.
“Every recent economic indicator has been healthy, from falling commercial vacancy rates to more overseas visitors,” he said. “We’ve risen strongly out of the recession.”
SFO’s plans to expand even further in the next few years could boost passenger numbers further, with Terminals 1 and 3 slated for renovation and expansion.
SFO spokesman Michael McCarron said, “We have to make sure that we have the facilities to meet any kind of passenger boom that could be coming.”
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A group of 200 disgruntled cab drivers recently staged a two-day strike at Oakland Airport (OAK) in protest over losing fares to airport shuttle services. They claimed that Bay Area limousine services that offer airport shuttle services to Oakland Airport and San Francisco International Airport (SFO) have an unfair advantage. Taxi drivers that want to ferry passengers from Oakland Airport must pay an annual permit fee of $350 plus an additional $3.00 trip fee for each fare from OAK. They say that the airport’s policy of allowing shuttle services to operate from the same area is unfair, and they also claim that a wall of advertising billboards make it difficult for potential fares to see their taxicabs. The strike proved unsuccessful, as Oakland Airport officials arranged for extra shuttles to accommodate passengers during the strike and have not changed their policies.
The way we see it, we and other San Francisco limo services have many more advantages over taxis for discriminating customers who want airport shuttle service to OAK and SFO. Some of these advantages include the following:
- Clean and very comfortable luxury vehicles
Our limousines, corporate sedans, luxury coaches, VIP vans and other types of airport transportation are kept immaculately clean and very comfortable. If you have ridden in a cab recently, you know that clean and comfortable taxis are the exception rather than the rule.
- Spacious interiors
The back seats of most cabs are cramped with very little legroom, and the advertisements, the acrylic partition between you and the driver and other unpleasant features make for a very uncomfortable experience.
- Luxury amenities
Privacy windows, wet bars, climate control, high-end audio and video systems and plush seating are just a few of the luxury amenities that our Bay Area airport shuttle clients enjoy over cab rides.
- Professional chauffeurs
It seems that most cab drivers are more interested in talking on their cell phones and listening to their radios than making sure that their fares arrive at their destination safely and comfortably. Our chauffeurs are rigorously screened and trained to provide each guest with the utmost respect and ensure that they thoroughly enjoy their experience.
If your last cab ride from the airport was less than satisfactory and you’re looking for comfortable, luxurious and affordable airport transportation, call us at NLS Limo today at 800-339-8936. Select your Bay Area airport shuttle from our huge fleet of luxury vehicles, and get ready to have a safe, fun and very comfortable ride!