ATLANTA -- Travelers passing through the world's busiest airport will soon have a little further to walk to get curbside pick-up.
According to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, passengers using rideshare services like Uber and Lyft, will have to ge picked up from designated areas of the North and South Terminals. Those spaces will be located near the economy lots of each terminal and will be about a 5-minute walk with signs pointing the way.
Airport officials said they had to designate the new exclusive pickup areas because construction of the new $265-million canopy installation was causing increased congestion. The airport said the new areas will help "expedite curbside pick-up access for (their) customers."
The changes take effect beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Aug. 16.
The move comes as the tensions between rideshare services and Atlanta's airport continue to soften.
For weeks in 2016, rideshare companies fought for legal access to pick up passengers from Hartsfield-Jackson. Drivers for the rideshare service used to park in the airport's cell phone lot to wait for passengers, which wasn't allowed.
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In Sept. 2016, the City Council passed new ordinances officially allowing the rideshare services to operate at the airport legally.
The new rules took effect Jan. 1, 2017.
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