Taxis will soon stop travelling empty, as the city and the airport authority announced an agreement Thursday that will see the Edmonton International Airport select Edmonton taxi brokers for on-demand terminal service.
“The airport and the city have been working on a way to get the city taxi vehicles to service the airport,” said chief livery officer Gerry Dziwenka.
Right now, city taxis can take fares to the airport but not back, while the opposite is true for Leduc-based Airport Taxi Service, which signed a contract with the EIA in 2006.
“With this agreement, the city realizes to do this there might be a shortage of taxis in Edmonton … so we will be releasing 100 plates,” said Dziwenka.
Members of the Airport Taxi Service, who will be eligible for the new licences but no longer have guaranteed work, protested at city hall Wednesday.
“It’s job loss,” said spokesperson Abdallah Kulmiye. “The city is forcing 250 workers to apply for 100 jobs.”
Sarah Meffen, with the EIA, said an RFP will be issued within a month and new brokers should be selected by June.