Airports like LaGuardia, Newark and JFK are usually ideal places for TLC drivers to pick up passengers and get tips. But as the coronavirus pandemic continues, we look at whether it might be worth waiting elsewhere.
Can passengers fly to and from these airports?
The answer is yes, but with some restrictions. Governor Cuomo has partnered with governors in New Jersey and Connecticut to create a joint travel advisory for those traveling from states with high community spread of coronavirus.
Travelers must quarantine for 14 days when visiting their states. From 14 July, authorities will be cracking down on this to help make sure travelers coming in are following the state’s quarantine rules, which could mean even fewer passengers.
How busy are the airports?
Although passengers can now fly, numbers are still much lower than usual. One study found that on July 5, 2020, a usually busy travel day, across the States just 732,123 people were processed through TSA checkpoints. Compare that to 2,795,369 on the same day a year ago.
Here’s how air passenger numbers are looking at our three top airports – as you can see, numbers are slightly better than they were during the peak of the pandemic in New York but are still much lower than normal.
So, it looks like for now, heading to JFK, LaGuardia or Newark may not be the best choice for Uber drivers. Our research tells us that many drivers are picking up passengers more frequently in residential areas, along with hospitals and grocery stores. These shorter trips may not earn you as much, but will help to keep you on the road at this time.
Wherever you head to pick up passengers, remember that both you and your rider will need to wear a face-covering, They are essential not only at the airport, but any time you are outside of your home. Read more about face coverings by clicking here.
Many drivers also tell us they aren’t feeling ready to go back to work as a rideshare driver at all just yet because of health and safety concerns. If that’s you, delivery work could be a good option. Click here to find out more and remember, with INSHUR you are automatically covered to do delivery work at no added cost.