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Uber offering rides at Las Vegas airport after reaching deal

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A passenger at McCarran International Airport waits to be picked up, Monday, Nov. 8, 2010.

Updated Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015 | 11:05 a.m.

It is now possible to take an Uber to and from McCarran International Airport.

Both Uber and an airport official confirmed Monday that an agreement had been reached to allow rides. The deal follows a protracted disagreement with Clark County that, since October, has left the airport off-limits for Uber but fair game for its competitor Lyft. Uber launched its airport service this morning.

Although Uber rolled out its Southern Nevada operations in September, county officials prohibited the company from operating at the airport because Uber, the larger of the two ride-hailing operations here, was unwilling to agree to language in an airport permit that potentially could have exposed the identities of its drivers.

That did not stop some Uber rides from reaching McCarran. As of Dec. 1, McCarran officials had counted nearly 1,600 citations for unauthorized Uber rides. As of this morning, with an operating agreement signed, Uber drivers can ferry passengers to and from the airport without the threat of a fine.

At several hearings with commissioners for Clark County, which has jurisdiction over McCarran, Uber officials argued against language allowing the county to request driver lists. Uber, which worries the lists could be accessed through a records request, believes the information is proprietary and releasing it would be a breach of driver privacy.

The temporary operating agreement that opened McCarran to Uber includes language requiring the company to submit a driver list only if the airport requests it.

"We are willing to work with the airport to provide information they need for purposes of airport safety,” Uber spokesperson Taylor Patterson said in a statement.

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