RelayRides gets green light at SFO in time for holidays

RelayRides will be allowed to operate legally at San Francisco International Airport under a new agreement, the rideshare company’s first with a major airport in the U.S.

“We embrace innovative business models at SFO, but we also have an obligation to ensure the safety and consistency of our rental car and ground transportation options,” Airport Director John L. Martin said. “RelayRides, which offers a forward-looking new concept, has clearly taken the leadership position as the first such company to establish an authorized service with SFO. We applaud their proactive approach, and for providing an example for others to follow.”

Company officials say the agreement comes just in time for the busy holiday travel season, offering customers the ability to park for free while making their personal vehicles available for rental during their travels.

“This agreement is a terrific win for RelayRides and SFO, and an even bigger win for travelers who will benefit from an enhanced travel experience (free parking on the way out, and less expensive, broader selection of rentals on the way in),” RelayRides CEO Andre Haddad wrote in a public statement.

SFO officials expect more than 1.2 million travelers to pass through the airport during the Thanksgiving travel period.

RelayRides, headquartered in San Francisco, began operations in 2010 and launched nationwide service in 2012.

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