NAIA manager mulls permanent ban of white taxis


Posted at May 09 2019 09:31 AM

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The general manager of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Thursday said he is studying a permanent ban of white taxis from the country's main gateway. 

A 2-week trial ban of white taxis at the NAIA Terminal 1 started last Monday, leaving travelers with the option of hailing yellow and coupon taxis, airport buses or ride-sharing services. 

"Pag po tumuloy-tuloy, isusunod ko po iyung terminal 2 and terminal 4," said Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) general manager Ed Monreal. 

(If it proceeds well, I will implement the ban at terminals 2 and 4.) 

"Medyo mayroon lang akong pag-aatubili sa terminal 3 sa laki po ng volume ng umaalis at dumarating, baka hindi po kayanin ng mga transportation concessioneires ," he told radio DZMM.

(I just have some hesitation on Terminal 3 because transportation concessionaires may bow under the volume of travelers departing and leaving.) 

The policy was implemented after a taxi driver was arrested for allegedly attacking two foreign vloggers after demanding that they pay a flat rate instead of what was in the taxi meter, on top of a luggage fee. 

MIAA was coordinating with the vloggers following reports that they were hesitant to file formal complaints against the driver, said Monreal. 

DZMM, 9 May 2019