A LAWMAKER on Sunday expressed serious concern over inability of airport and transportation authorities to put a stop to alleged abuses committed by airport taxis at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), or else risk making the country less attractive to tourists.
Senator Juan Edgardo Angara, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Tourism, cited stories circulating in the Internet of passengers who were either overcharged or duped by unscrupulous airport taxi drivers.
“Our transportation and airport authorities should look into this matter seriously and resolve this right away or else, Philippine tourism will suffer,” said Angara, noting that airport taxis have been victimizing local and foreign tourists and even overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).
He also cited a recent Facebook post that has gone viral, involving a group that was allegedly quoted a fixed rate of P1,800 by an accredited airport taxi from NAIA Terminal 2 to their office in Mandaluyong City (Metro Manila).
The group turned down the offer and instead joined a queue for a metered taxi, which charged them only P320 for the same distance.
There was also an American who was quoted a bloated fare of P3,200 from the airport to Makati City.
Airport taxis charge a P70-flag down rate and P4 for every 300 meters while regular taxis charge a flag down rate of P40 and P3.50 for every 300 meters.
Angara is wondering why airport taxis are not afraid to offer padded figures to their passengers despite being aware that they might get in trouble.
The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) currently has a total of 1,600 accredited airport taxis and vehicles for rent.
The accreditation “aims to preempt the entry of inept, disreputable or ‘fly-by-night’ entities into the various businesses at the airport premises [that]may threaten, degrade or cheapen the quality of airport accommodation and services.”