PHOENIX — Editor's note: The above video is from a Jan. 22 newscast.
The Arizona Supreme Court unanimously upheld the city’s ordinance implementing the fees on rideshare ground transportation providers at Sky Harbor International Airport, the Phoenix City Council said Thursday.
Since last year, rideshare companies Uber and Lyft have been in disputes with the City of Phoenix over an increased fee for rides to and from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.
The Phoenix City Council voted to raise fees charged to ride-hailing companies at the airport despite Uber and Lyft threatening to stop curbside operations in December.
The Arizona Attorney General Office filed a special action with the state Supreme Court to overturn the rideshare ordinance.
The measure approved at the city council meeting on December 18, 2019 increases the fee at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport from $2.66 to $4 per pickup starting Feb. 1.
Uber and Lyft threatened to stop service at the airport, but said in late-January they won't change their service at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport until Arizona's highest court rules on proposed fee increases to pick up and drop off customers.
It's unclear if Uber and Lyft will stop service now that the court has ruled.
"Amidst the global pandemic of COVID-19, this is a seemingly small victory. However, it is proof positive that cities have equal weight in the eyes of law when making decisions impacting our shared future," the City of Phoenix said in a statement.
"This ruling will allow all companies that do business at the airport to equally participate in its financial recovery from COVID-19."