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Just in time for the busy tourism season, another ground transportation option is ready to serve those travelling to and from Victoria International Airport (YYJ). 

According to Victoria Airport Authority, fully licensed ride-hailing company Lucky to Go is the airport’s first authorized provider of Ride App services.

The authority’s director of business development, Rod Hunchak, says the airport is “pleased” to welcome Victoria-based Lucky to Go, especially with people eager to get out and travel again.

“As air travel continues to rebound and we see more passengers at YYJ, we are excited to offer new ground transportation options for travellers,” said Hunchak.

To hail a ride, passengers can download the Lucky to Go app via its website, the Google Play or Apple App store, enter their destination, view the estimated fare and pay securely, according to the airport authority.  

It adds that passengers will find designated ride-hailing pick-up and drop-off stalls along the curb in YYJ’s short-term parking lot.

Lucky to Go offers four- and six-seat vehicle options, and passengers can also choose to split the cost by pool-sharing a ride with up to two other riders.

“We are thrilled to be the first ride-hailing company to serve Victoria International Airport and commit to providing a safe, reliable and economical mode of ground transportation to the public,” added Mandeep Rana, Lucky to Go’s founder.

Along with Victoria, the company also operates in Kelowna, with plans to start serving Metro Vancouver in the future.

In recent years, ride-hailing has been a hot topic.

Last December, Uber’s application to begin operating on Vancouver Island was denied by BC’s Passenger Transportation Board. 

Already operating in the Lower Mainland and Whistler, the company sought to expand its services across the province, including the Island, Okanagan and BC North Central.

At the time, Uber said the addition of the ride-hailing service would benefit both residents interested in driving or riding with Uber, spur more innovative offerings and improve services among existing transportation service providers.

However, the transportation board argued there was not sufficient evidence of “public need” for the ride-hailing service in regions of BC outside of Vancouver, and the expansion to other markets may “unduly harm taxi operators” in these regions.

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