Lyft to Begin Passenger Pickups at LAX on Dec. 23

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In another blow to Los Angeles' taxi industry, Lyft on Wednesday will become the first ride-hailing service allowed to pick up passengers at Los Angeles International Airport.

Just in time for the holiday traveling crush, Lyft's low-cost drivers can begin picking up travelers at 8 a.m. Wednesday, City Hall officials announced.

The agreement is a coup for Lyft, which will be the only ride-share company picking up at LAX during one of the busiest travel weeks of the year. The Silicon Valley company's main competitor, Uber, has not received the green light for its drivers to pick up at the airport.

“We’re really excited that L.A. travelers will now be able to get a Lyft ride to and from LAX,” Lyft spokeswoman Chelsea Wilson said. And, she added, the company is “excited to be the exclusive ride-share option” for travelers at the airport.

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