Tuesday, October 20, 2020

AAI to hire cab firm as traffic goes up at Chennai airport

Chennai: With the number of domestic passengers growing and flyers finding it difficult to hire cabs, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has started to look for a firm to operate cabs from Chennai airport.

Passengers now depend on cabs which they hire using apps and also the black- and-yellow cabs run by a drivers cooperative. The move aims to finalise a firm by next month because two companies which had been running cab services from the terminals have exited a few months ago. A ride hailing was offering cabs but their term also got over by the end of January.

Around 8,000 domestic passengers land at the airport every day. The airport also has started to handle 78 arriving flights per day which is going to increase in the coming days as the government has permitted 100 arrivals per day.

The black-and-yellow cabs are the only non-premium service attached to the airport. But they have only around 100 cabs which are not enough as domestic passengers are increasing and international passengers too have started to hail cabs because institutional quarantine is not there anymore.

A tender has been floated to appoint a new firm which will be allowed to open a counter inside the terminal and also will be allowed to park their cars inside the airport campus.

An official said that a majority of the passengers have been arranging their own vehicles because of the shutdown and Covid-19 restrictions.

20/10/20 Times of India

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