Pick-ups through ride-sharing services such as Uber are now permitted at Adelaide Airport, following the State Government’s granting of accreditation to the service to allow it to operate across South Australia.

The airport now joins those in Brisbane, Canberra, Perth and Sydney, where ride sharing is also permitted.

This is good news for business travellers. According to the annual Certify Spendsmart report, which tracks business-travel spending trends, Uber accounted for 52 per cent of all ground transportation expensed by business travellers last year.

Travellers can access their pick-ups using Adelaide Airport’s new ride-sharing facility located close to the terminal, which it recently constructed. The airport also plans to develop a new dedicated taxi drop-off facility near to the terminal, adding to the existing area under the car park, as well as making improvements to the current taxi pick-up zone.

“The State Government’s decision to allow access to ride-sharing services has allowed us to invest in facilities to provide a better experience for our customers,” said Mark Young, Adelaide Airport’s managing director. “Creating a new dedicated taxi drop facility adjacent to the terminal will also free up space in our existing drop-off zone for other users. We’ve spent more than A$8 million (US$6.3 million) on taxi facilities over the past decade and now we’re investing a further A$4 million (US$3.2 million) in new facilities.”

As with taxis at the airport, ride-sharing pick-up services from the terminals precinct will also incur an A$2 (US$1.6) fee, with this due to change to A$3 (US$2.4) starting October 1 for both forms of transport.