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Uber returns to Lehigh Valley International Airport

LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa. - After a hiatus of about three months, the ride-sharing company Uber has resumed service at Lehigh Valley International Airport.

"They're back. We're excited to have that service available to the customers," said Thomas Stoudt, Interim Executive Director of the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority.

He's happy to have Uber back on board, after a contract dispute caused them to suspend operations at the end of June.

"Ironed it all out, pretty standard language, and we're happy to have the service," he said.

Uber now has its own reserved area at LVIA, along with their competitor Lyft, who reached an agreement with the airport last week. 

"Prime spot in front of the terminal. So we'll have three spaces designated for a staging area for Lyft and three for Uber," said Stoudt. 

"It's great to have both ride-sharing companies back," said Jeff Gallagher, who actually drives for both Uber and Lyft. 

"With the 15, 20 flights coming in here a day we used to pull at least four or five passengers from each flight," he said. 

This is his full-time job, and he likes it.

"I like talking to people, and I enjoy driving," he said. "Making my own hours."

One group who does not like Jeff is cab drivers.

"We're taking money out of their pockets, rides from them," he said. 

Cabbies have their own area too, in direct competition. 

"I'm here to make money. I know these guys are too. But it's a business," said Gallagher. 

The free market working -- at the airport.


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