MANILA, Philippines – Regular white metered taxis are now allowed to enter and pick up passengers at the arrival areas of all terminals of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), a transportation official said.
Transportation Undersecretary for Air Roberto Lim confirmed via text message that the transportation department on Monday, July 18, started allowing regular metered taxis to enter NAIA terminals – a move seen to address the high demand during peak hours.
This means passengers will have more choices of transportation – from coupon taxis to regular metered taxis.
Last March, private vehicles operating under the app-based ride-hailing service Grab were allowed to pick up and drop off passengers at the NAIA terminals. (READ: Airport execs told: Add more taxis, allow Uber, GrabCar to operate)
In February, the government also launched an airport bus service at NAIA Terminal 3, providing 42 bus units and servicing passengers on a 24-hour basis.
The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) in 2014 recorded 46,418 passengers arriving daily at NAIA. But the average number of metered taxi and coupon taxi users daily was only 10,777.
In 2015, passenger arrivals surged to 50,210.
The MIAA does not have any control over unaccredited taxis that pick up passengers from airports, while yellow taxis are accountable to MIAA. – Rappler.com