Hawaii to allow Lyft, Uber to operate at Honolulu airport

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HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii will allow ride-hailing services to operate at the Honolulu airport on a permanent basis after changes were approved to administration rules.

Uber and Lyft, which the state refers to as transportation network companies, have operated at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport since last year under a pilot program to test feasibility.

Gov. David Ige signed off Tuesday on the amended rules that go into effect Aug. 24, allowing the licensed companies to apply for a permit from the state Department of Transportation.

The decision followed a series of public meetings held across the state on the proposed changes, the first for commercial services at airports since 2002.

Transportation director Jade Butay says the rules "ensure there is a level playing field for all prearranged ground transportation companies."

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