Uber and Puerto Rico airport operator mum about agreement
Talk of Aerostar deal to allow the ride-hailing company in premises dates to 2018
SAN JUAN — Although the president of Aerostar Airport Holdings, Agustín Arellano, said in an interview almost exactly a year ago that Uber would be able to pick passengers up at Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in Carolina in September 2018, both companies have remained silent about the progress of negotiations.
“I want to reaffirm that our intention is for Uber to enter the airport, to participate in the airport’s transportation market, but to do it in an orderly manner, as established in the contracts we have with all means of transportation, and we are doing it, we are negotiating it. We believe that we will soon reach an agreement to announce that they can pick up passengers,” Aerostar’s former administrator, Agustín Arellano, told NotiUno 630 radio at the beginning of September.
Caribbean Business left request for comment with Uber, while Aerostar issued a brief statement.
“In relation to Uber, we are still in the process of finalizing the agreement, so we still don’t have a start date for the service,” wrote Aerostar Operations Director Nelman Nevárez. “In line with what is required by the regulations established by the Transportation and Public Services Bureau [NTSP by its Spanish initials], Aerostar will establish the same parameters for all transportation services authorized to operate at the airport.”
Sources with knowledge of the negotiations assured Caribbean Business that reports claiming the announcement would be made this month were not officially sent by either company.
In May 2017, then-Gov. Ricardo Rosselló ordered Tourism Co. Director José Izquierdo to issue an administrative order to allow private cars to provide transportation at the airport amid what he described as an “insufficiency of transportation provider services.”