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New taxi program working: Airport

Ali Dehbozorgi, a City Taxi driver, drops off a customer at the Charlottetown Airport Tuesday. The airport is opening up its taxi contract to allow more than one company to park at the arrivals gate. Grace Gormley/
Ali Dehbozorgi, a City Taxi driver, drops off a customer at the Charlottetown Airport in this Guardian file photo.

The Charlottetown airport embarked on a new taxi program that has seen positive results since the May 1 launch.

The new program sees the airport licence individual drivers instead of the previous model of having a licence with one primary taxi company.

The goal of the new program was to improve the experience for passengers by increasing the number of taxis upon arrival of flights and decreasing wait times for travellers.

Under the old model, only drivers working for the primary taxi provider could solicit passengers at the airport.

To prepare for the May 1 launch of the new program, the airport held weekly training sessions beginning in April and to date, 113 drivers are licensed to service the airport.

The Charlottetown Airport Authority developed the new program over the winter months, in consultation with taxi stand owners, drivers and dispatchers.

The program includes a new, simplified fare structure, a zone map for Charlottetown, Cornwall and Stratford, and a designated taxi kiosk staffed by the Corps of Commissionaires. 

To learn more, visit Flypei.com/taxi_info

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