TaxiDisputeFacts

We are the taxi drivers serving passengers at the Ottawa Airport.

We have been locked out since early August in a dispute over fees paid to the airport. Here are some myths and facts about the lockout.

We are the taxi drivers serving passengers at the Ottawa Airport.
We have been locked out since early August in a dispute over fees paid to the airport. Here are some myths and facts about the lockout.

MYTH

FACT

Airport drivers have the right to work downtown.

In 99.9% of cases, the airport drivers deadhead empty back to the airport to line up and wait for their next fare.

The Airport is the only exclusive taxi stand.

The whole of the City of Ottawa is based on exclusive stands. Only one company has the exclusive right to provide service at the Ottawa train station, the bus station, hospitals, shopping centres and hotels among others. The airport drivers are not allowed pick up passengers there.

Airport taxis have monopoly.

The predecessor to the Airport Authority (Transport Canada) determined that the only way to provide adequate and consistent service for the travelling public was to have a dedicated fleet to serve the airport passengers. Without a dedicated fleet, there is always a risk that drivers will go where it is busy and will not wait at the airport when bad weather hits or when there are flight delays.

Only Airport Taxis can pick up at the airport.

Just like every other exclusive concession in the city, one fleet has the priority and everyone can pick up when that fleet is not available or able to service the passengers.

Coventry Connections claims that it is opening the airport to provide better service

to the public.

In fact, they offered to maintain the exclusive fleet as long as that fleet agreed to pay the $4.50 (plus HST) per pick up. Clearly it is a money grab and they will accept the money wherever it comes from. Coventry is charging more per fare to the replacement drivers.

The Airport Authority does not receive enough money.

In 1983, the Airport was getting more than $200,000 per year, in 2013 it got $50,000. Hard to understand, but the taxi companies have never reduced the fees paid by the drivers. In fact, the drivers’ fees have increased substantially over the years. The taxi companies pocketed the money that should have gone to the Airport.

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