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Manila International Airport Authority to allow regular taxis at NAIA 1 arrival area

Transport queue at NAIA © hatawtabloid.com
Soon they’ll be back at NAIA © hatawtabloid.com

THE Manila International Airport Authority will now allow regular metered taxis to queue and pick up passengers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 in response to mounting public complaints about the lack of affordable transportation.

The MIAA claims that the accredited transport company at the NAIA could not supply more than 200 utility vehicles to service the influx of passengers during daily peak periods between 2pm to 5pm and 10pm to 2am..

However, the MIAA officials reminds the passengers to exercise caution when riding unaccredited taxis.

“The metered white taxis were allowed last year but only during peak hours at the NAIA terminals 2 and 3 arrival areas. This time, the management will allow them to queue at the NAIA terminal 1 at all times,” Terminal 1 manager Dante Basanta said.

Basanta explains that at least 15 regular taxis will be allowed to queue at Terminal 1’s arrival extension area, one of the designated loading areas of accredited airport utility vehicles, due to limited space. He adds that another 15 units of regular taxis will be allowed to enter as soon as the first group of taxis leave to avoid congestion.

Meantime, NAIA Terminal 3 Manager Engr. Ric Medalla notes that the major passenger terminals have thousands of incoming passengers a day, most of them arriving practically at the peak-hour window. He adds that the MIAA has been criticized for the lack of transportation which is why the authority considered opening the airport to non-accredited taxi companies.

Airport authorities early this year allowed Grab taxi to operate at the NAIA and was considering to open the route for Uber taxis.

Incoming MIAA officials, which will formally assume office next Monday, express willingness to meet with airport accredited transport executives concerning the entry of unaccredited taxi cabs at the airport. 

Airport Transportation Concessionaires Association Inc. comprised of coupon taxis, rent-a-car service and accredited yellow taxis earlier said the addition of other transportation services at the NAIA could jeopardize the safety and security of the riding public.

 

Benjie Vergara
A veteran reporter covering the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila. He is currently writing for Manila Times, the Philippines' oldest newspaper.

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