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New taxi strategy coming May 1 to help decrease wait times at Charlottetown 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 Tuesday. The airport is opening up its taxi contract to allow more than one company to park at the arrivals gate. Grace Gormley/The Guardian

By Grace Gormley
The Guardian

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. - Coming and going from the Charlottetown airport should be an easier task beginning May 1.

The airport is introducing a new taxi strategy, including a change that allows for a shared contract between cab companies. Yellow Cab has been the sole company with a contract to park outside of the arrivals gate before this change.

With growth in recent years, airport CEO Doug Newson says it could be a challenge for one taxi company to handle the demand.

"We're hoping this will be a win-win for everyone," said Newson. 

Poll: What has your experience been trying to get a taxi at the airport? 

Drivers at City Taxi are giving the new strategy a thumbs-up.

Company manager Joseph Corrigan says while the new strategy won’t guarantee everyone a cab, opening the contract is a step in the right direction.

"We're really hoping this will shorten up the waiting times," he said. 

One more change involves fares for those taking a taxi. Beginning May 1, travellers will be subject to a $2 increase in flat-rate fares for cab rides from the airport.

Newson says the response surrounding the changes has been generally positive.

"The feedback from stakeholders and travellers has been good,” he said. “We're improving our services and are ready to take it to the next level."

Rates for taxi service from the Charlottetown Airport, effective May 1: 

  • Within Charlottetown: $16
  • To Cornwall or Stratford: $26
  • Other destinations: $2 per kilometre
  • Minimum charge: $16

Shared service: 

  • Different destinations within Charlottetown:$12
  • Additional passenger, same destination: $5
  • Children under 6: Free 

All fares include HST

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