Receiving Airport FIFO pickup requests

In order to receive First in First Out (FIFO) pickup requests, you will need to follow the guidelines below.

Find specific rules for your local airport, and whether or not FIFO queueing is used there, in this list.

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How it works

  • Wait in the designated staging area. Drivers within the designated staging area are automatically added to the queue.
  • The queue is first in-first out. The driver who has been waiting within the staging area in driver mode the longest gets the next request. Your physical location within the staging area does not affect your spot in the queue, but if you exit the staging area or log out of driver mode, you will lose your spot.
  • If the staging area is full, you must leave the airport. You may not wait for requests anywhere else on airport property or use any other parking lots while in driver mode.
  • Passenger cancellations don't affect your place in line. If your passenger cancels on you, head back to the staging area. As long as you're back within 15 minutes, you'll be placed at the front of the queue.
  • Driver cancellations and missed requests do affect your place in line. If you are the one to cancel a request, or if you miss a request, you're placed at the back of the queue. 
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View your place in line

Once you’re in the designated staging area, you’ll see how many drivers are ahead of you towards the top of the app. If the staging area is full, you will not be added to the FIFO queue and you’ll need to leave the staging area immediately.

If you’re outside the staging area, you won't be added to the queue. To keep it fair for all drivers, you'll lose your spot if you log out, leave the staging area, or deny a request. 

As a heads up, you can also lose your spot in the queue if you change your preferred ride types, enter Destination Mode, or are required to take a break

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At select airports, pre-dispatch speeds up the process of getting an airport ride and lowers ETAs for passengers.

While waiting for requests at select airport staging areas, you may receive an in-app notification instructing you to head towards a specific terminal location within the airport. Drivers are not required to accept the pre-dispatch request, this is an optional feature. While you are on your way, you should be matched to a passenger.

Drivers are not required to accept the pre-dispatch request, this is an optional feature. Your acceptance rating will not be affected if you choose to ignore these pre-dispatch requests

Pre-Dispatch Notification Pre-Dispatch En Route

If by the time you get to the terminal and you have not received a ride request, you will be asked to confirm your arrival.

Pre-Dispatch Confirm Arrival

While you are waiting the system will try to find a passenger. Wait the allotted amount of time until a request comes in, or the timer expires.

Pre-Dispatch Timer


If the timer expires and you did not receive a ride request, head back to the staging area. As long as you're back within 15 minutes, you'll be placed at the front of the queue and shouldn't lose your position.

Pre-Dispatch Confirm Departure
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Fast Match pickup codes

At select airports, you may receive ride requests that require you to enter a rider’s 4-digit pickup code before starting the ride. This feature is called Fast Match, and is designed to provide smoother pickups and reduce airport congestion.

If you accept this type of request, you’ll be directed to a designated area for Fast Match requests. Once you arrive, a rider will give you a 4-digit pickup code. Enter this code into your Lyft Driver app to see their destination. Once the match is confirmed, the rider will get into your car.

Cancellations for Fast Match are the same as for regular rides. You’ll be added back into the queue if you return to the staging area within 15 minutes.

Note: When using Fast Match, it’s possible that you’ll be matched with a rider you were previously unpaired with. If this occurs, cancel the ride and kindly advise the rider to request a new ride through the normal pickup experience. They’ll be paired with the next available driver.

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TCP for curbside pickups

At select airports, approved Lux Black and Lux Black XL drivers with a Transportation Charter Permit (TCP license) may be eligible to perform pickups at terminal curbside. If you have a TCP license, check your email for eligibility and TCP confirmation process.

Airports that offer curbside pickup for TCP drivers:

  • SFO
  • LAX

Curbside pickup requirements:

  • TCP licensed
  • Independent owner
  • Lux Black, Lux Black XL

At LAX International Airport: When waiting for requests, please stage at the Commercial Vehicle Holding Lot (see map), where you will be entered into Lyft's airport queue. Please follow existing rules and regulations for TCP vehicles mandated by LAX airport authorities; see LAX's webpage on TCPs for details.

Note: If you're TCP licensed and an independent owner, but don't have a Lux Black or Lux Black XL vehicle, you can't give airport rides at SFO.

Garage pickup requirements: If you're not TCP licensed, you'll only get standard, shared, Lux, and Lyft XL rides. You can continue to give rides through your airport's designated staging lot.

If you're TCP-licensed and part of a fleet (not an independent owner), you won't be able to drive on the Lyft platform with your fleet vehicle at this time. However, you'll still be able to drive on the Lyft platform with your personal vehicle.

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