Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport is 'no fly' zone for Uber

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MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

If you are flying out of Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, using Uber is no-go – at least for now.

That’s because Uber does not have an operating agreement with the airport and Uber drivers will now be cited for trespassing if they drop off or pick up passengers.

According to a news release sent out by Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Tuesday, that enforcement went into effect on Sept. 1 and will be enforced by Mesa police officers assigned at the airport.

The airport said they are not opposed to working with Uber; they just need a formal signed agreement in order for that to happen.

"We are hopeful that Uber will choose to legally operate here at Gateway Airport and agree to observe the same rules and regulations that every other ground transportation company has found success following," said Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Executive Director, J. Brian O'Neill. "Our airlines are adding a significant amount of new flights and nonstop destinations this fall, and the need for ground transportation services will sharply increase as well.  It would be great to add Uber to our list of available resources."

We asked Uber to comment on the possibility that drivers, all of whom are considered independent contractors, could be cited at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway.

"We require our driver partners to follow the rules and regulations that govern authorized airport picks-ups and drop-offs while on active trips," an Uber spokesman said. "Uber has successfully put agreements in place with hundreds of airports across the country, including Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and Tucson International Airport." 

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway offers service to 47 destinations through Allegiant Air, which recently announced an expansion at the airport, and WestJet Airlines.

Last year, more than 1.3 million passengers traveled through Gateway.

According to a Mesa City Court spokesperson, trespassing is a misdemeanor and could result in hundreds of dollars in fines, possible jail time, and/or probation.

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