Airport limo drivers are a type of chauffeur. In addition to getting passengers to and from airports, job duties for airport limo drivers include refueling cars and keeping them clean. They also help passengers with their luggage. These limo drivers often work for passenger transportation companies, though they can also be self-employed. They may have to work long or irregular hours, but they often have flexible schedules and little supervision. However, the rate of injury in this profession is higher than in most, mainly due to car accidents.
Airport limo drivers should have strong customer service skills, hand-eye coordination, map reading and navigational abilities, and the ability to maintain composure when confronted with difficult passengers.
According to PayScale.com, limo drivers in general earned a median annual salary of $40,704 in 2016.
|Degree Level||Less than a high school diploma|
|Licensure||Must earn a state-issued commercial driver's license (CDL) with a passenger endorsement; additional limo licenses could also be required|
|Experience||Entry level; no experience needed|
|Key Skills||Basic math, map-reading and customer service skills; hand-eye coordination and the ability to maintain composure when confronted with difficult passengers; and a familiarity with query and mobile location software, such as Easy Dispatch and dispatchOffice|
|Salary||$40,704 per year (median for taxi drivers in May 2016)|
Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, State government websites, Occupational Information Network, PayScale.com
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Get a Commercial Driver's License
The first step to becoming an airport limo driver is to get a commercial driver's license (CDL). Airport limo drivers who transport more than 16 passengers simultaneously are required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to hold a CDL with a passenger endorsement. To earn a CDL, many states require individuals to be at least 18 years of age, hold a regular driver's license, and successfully complete a vision test. Passing scores on written and road tests are required as well. Drivers must also pass a physical exam and carry a fitness statement from a medical examiner.
Get Additional Licenses
Some states require airport limo drivers to hold an additional license before they can legally drive a limo. In most cases, applicants will need to pass a criminal background check or undergo fingerprinting. Other stipulations could require them to pass a drug test, complete a defensive driving course, or have up to one year of experience operating a motor vehicle.
Many limo drivers learn their skills on the job. This training can last from as little as a day to as long as 2 weeks and covers such issues as local traffic laws, navigation routes and driver safety. Customer service training is included as well.
Airport limo drivers are often required to complete renewal applications to maintain their licenses. In some cases, this entails updating their medical examiner's fitness statement. They might also need to pass an annual drug test or take another defensive driving course.
Again, airport limo drivers are required to meet background requirements, get a commercial driver's license, and undergo on-the-job training.