Manila International Airport Authority launches dry run for white taxis

Transport queue at NAIA ©
Transport queue at NAIA ©

AUTHORITIES at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Friday started a dry run test where regular white taxis are allowed to queue at the designated areas and pick up points in their assigned terminals despite differing sentiments from some airport accredited transport members.

Newly installed Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) general manager Ed Monreal said under the dry run, regular taxis are allowed to operate at the NAIA terminals to give passengers other option or choice of transportation to their destination.

The formal operation, Monreal added, will start on July 18, 2016 at the secondary roadway of the main arrival level that will surely lessen passengers’ waiting time and to give arriving passengers more choices of mode of transportation.

“The NAIA does not have enough accredited taxis and vehicles-for-hire to take thousands of domestic and international passenger arriving daily,” Monreal said, adding that the previous MIAA management was on the right track when it introduced accredited buses and allowed Grab car services at the NAIA.

The airport chief added that allowing the white taxis will address the shortage of airport accredited transportation units. 

To ensure safety of the riding public, the official said, dispatch slip with the name of the driver, taxi plate number, name of the operator and the important hotline numbers will be given to passengers while a copy of the taxi slip will be retained by the dispatcher at the NAIA.

The MIAA assured that every complain made by passengers will be resolved within 72 hours.

Monreal however warned taxi drivers to refrain from any nefarious activities once they open for regular taxis. He said erring taxi drivers will be banned to enter at the four terminals of the NAIA and their license will be revoked once they are proven guilty of any violations under the Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board and the Land Transportation Office.

The airport accredited transport concessionaires meanwhile are planning to have a dialogue with Monreal regarding the matter.

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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