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Beginning Monday, April 1, the waiting lot entrance located on Donald Douglas Dr will be temporarily closed.

Instructions for driver-partners

Long Beach Airport

When driving at LGB, Learn how to receive these trip requests and get in on the action.

Airport regulations for Uber driver-partners

Per airport regulations, driver-partners must adhere to the terms below. Failure to do so may result in the receipt of a citation or even restriction of access to airport trips. Please note that Uber will not pay for any citations that driver-partners may incur.

  • When on airport property, the Uber driver app must be open at all times (driver-partners must not go offline until exiting the airport area)
  • We’ve instituted a special system at Long Beach Airport. The system only works within the designated area and driver-partners waiting elsewhere will not receive trip requests through the Uber driver app unless there are no drivers in the queue.
  • The Uber vehicle decal (trade dress) must always be displayed on the front passenger windshield and rear passenger windshield facing outward. Driver-partners can obtain this Uber decal at their local Greenlight Hub.
  • Loitering, circling or staging at the terminal are not allowed at the airport. Riders must be picked up immediately.
  • View more guidelines provided by LGB here.

Pro tips

  • Driver cancellations: Trip cancellations can take away from the great Uber experience that both riders and driver-partners expect. Please remember that driver-partners who improperly use the app and intentionally disrupt the service, including excessively canceling rides or asking riders to cancel rides, may lose the ability to receive trip requests to and from the airport through the Uber Driver app.
  • Ground transportation and airport security staff: Airport rules are as important as traffic rules. Airports expect driver-partners to follow the instructions of the airport staff.
  • Accessing your waybill: You may be asked to show your waybill. To access it, tap the “info” button that appears in your app.

Pickups at the airport

How pickup requests work

It is easy to receive trip requests from riders leaving the airport. However, these trips work a little differently than other requests.

Waiting for requests

Uber’s technology uses a queuing system. This means that, in order to receive a trip request, you need to enter the designated waiting area. You will then be placed in a virtual queue.

Based on the operating agreement with the airport, the waiting area is located at the corner of N Lakewood Blvd and Donald Douglas Dr, in the southern portion of the parking lot (see map below).

Some things to know about the queuing process:

  • Proximity to the terminal within the zone does not create an advantage for driver-partners or move you closer to the top of the queue.
  • If there are no driver-partners in the zone, trip requests will go to Uber driver-partners in the area - outside of the waiting area - based on proximity and other factors.
  • You can lose your place in line if:
    • You go offline on your Uber driver app
    • You drive outside the waiting area

Picking up your rider

Once you accept a trip request, the pickup location at the airport is located at the outer island curbside, along Donald Douglas Dr (see map below).

Dropoffs at the airport

How dropoff requests work

Uber is a reliable option for travelers heading to the airport.

Based on the operating agreement with the airport, riders can be dropped off at airport terminals, where curbside signs indicate you may safely drop off riders. If you’d like to receive a trip request afterwards, you’ll need to keep the Uber driver app on to maintain your ability to queue.

LGB pickup maps

According to LGB regulations, driver-partners may wait for trip requests at the designated Staging Lot located at the corner of N Lakewood Blvd and Donald Douglas Dr (northern portion of the parking lot). Waiting for trip requests within airport property is not allowed and could result in a citation. You are responsible for any citations you may receive.

Once you're in the staging lot there are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Upon entering the waiting area, you will be eligible for a trip request
  • The waiting area has a 30-minute time limit
  • If you do not receive a trip request within 30 minutes, exit the lot and re-enter
  • If you leave the waiting area or turn off your app, you will be placed at the back of the line
  • Once you accept a trip request, meet your rider on the outer island curbside. You may not pick up riders at the curbside directly outside the terminal

How uberPOOL works at LGB

With uberPOOL, you can get two airport trips when you go to LGB. With pickups just around the corner, you’ll earn money and save a bit of time and gas.

Connecting with your riders

Riders have been asked to request only when they're ready to be picked up curbside. Remember, you could get a fine for loitering.

Moving you forward

The pickup experience was designed with your time in mind. You won’t ever have to circle the terminal for the second pickup—in fact, circling the terminal is prohibited by LGB.

Pro tips

Helpful tips for airport trips

1. Getting your car ready

Air travelers can have lots of luggage with them, so you may need to free up trunk space to fit it all in.

2. Helping with luggage

It may take some time for riders to load their luggage into your vehicle. The airport is a busy place, so an extra set of hands can speed things up and help get your riders to their destination faster.

3. Identifying your riders

Asking your riders for their names before starting a trip can ensure that you’ve picked up the right person out of the crowd.

4. Checking the arrivals schedule

Checking the arrivals schedule at Long Beach Airport can help you maximize your earnings with information about when flights will be landing at the airport and when it will be busiest. See LGB ARRIVALS SCHEDULE.

5. Making music optional

While tunes are nice to cruise to, riders may prefer silence after an early morning or late night flight. Asking them what they prefer can go a long way and help provide a great experience!

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