Los Angeles: Taxi drivers march for curbside pickup at LAX

Dozens of taxi drivers, many chanting and some carrying signs, paraded through the Los Angeles International Airport terminal area Monday, demanding the return of curbside pickups for cab passengers.

Members of the Taxi Workers Alliance of Los Angeles took part in the midday protest, continuing to press their claims that the ability to pick up passengers directly at terminal curbsides was the only competitive advantage they had over ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft.

Curbside pickups ended in October when the airport opened its LAX-it lot, requiring passengers to walk or take a shuttle bus to pick up rides in cabs or ride-hailing vehicles.

Cab drivers taking part in Monday’s march said they have seen a dramatic drop in business since the lot opened, and some said passengers are equally upset about the new arrangement.