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Uber gets permission to operate at Logan

The low-cost UberX service will be allowed to pick up passengers there beginning Wednesday. Keith Bedford/Globe Staff/File

Starting Wednesday, it will be much easier to hail an Uber at Logan International Airport.

The company has reached a deal with the Massachusetts Port Authority, which operates Logan, that will allow its low-cost UberX service to pick up customers at the airport, Uber confirmed Tuesday.

Passengers are already able to summon rides through Uber’s app, but only from licensed chauffeur drivers. That shut out the vast majority of its drivers, who offer rides in personal vehicles.

Lyft, Uber’s largest rival, had already struck a deal with Massport to begin pickup service at Logan, beginning Wednesday.

Each company will pay a fee of $3.25 per ride, which will be passed along to passengers. Passengers will be directed to specific pick-up locations from their terminals, as opposed to curbside pickup.


Both companies were already able to bring passengers to Logan. But Boston had been one of the last big-city airports in the country to not allow so-called transportation network services to pick up passengers. That gave taxis and livery services, who have been fighting the rise of Uber and Lyft, control of ground transportation options at the airport.

In New York, where Uber is allowed to pick up passengers at airports, the company found itself the target of criticism over President Trump’s immigration ban. Taxi drivers at John F. Kennedy International Airport had staged a one-hour strike Saturday night to protest the Trump order. Uber, meanwhile, had offered low-price fares that night, triggering a social media backlash that urged passengers to delete the company’s smartphone app.

Uber responded by saying it would find ways to compensate drivers stuck overseas because of the ban.

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