Per-trip rideshare fees from Sea-Tac increasing to $6

Getting a ride from Uber or Lyft to leave Sea-Tac Airport will soon cost more.

A $1 per trip fee increase will start November 1 for rideshare companies such as Uber, Lyft and Wingz serving Sea-Tac Airport.

The per-trip fee is currently $5.

Since the launch of the pilot program in April 2016, the number of app-based transportation services has more than tripled at Sea-Tac.

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The airport says overall, ground transportation trips are up 13 percent from last year and demand for rideshare services continues to soar.

Compared to last year, rideshare trips are up 87 percent. Because of the increase, the airport says more staff is required as well as operational changes to the airport parking garage and holding lot.

The airport says the fees will go directly to support airport maintenance and projects such as improvements in the walkway from the terminal to the light rail station, enhanced Wi-Fi service, and lighting and safety improvements in the airport garage.

While some may feel that a $6 per trip fee is steep, the Port of Seattle says it’s in line with fees charged by many other airports, and some have even higher fees of $7-$10 per trip in in cities like San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

Customers using on-demand/for hire taxis and other ground transportation services will not see any change in rates.