Taxis to be made to pay Leeds Bradford Airport charge

Leeds-Bradford International Airport

Leeds-Bradford International Airport

First published in News

Traffic could spill onto residential streets because of the axing of a permit scheme for taxis at Leeds-Bradford Airport, it is being warned.

The Voyager scheme allowed taxi drivers to avoid the so-called ‘kiss and fly’ £2 drop-off charge by paying an annual fee of £35.

But now that scheme is being withdrawn amid warnings that the charge will be passed onto customers. The £2 fee caused a storm of controversy when it was introduced in 2011.

Otley and Yeadon councillor Sandy Lay said: “As councillors we frequently get complaints about vehicles spilling onto residential roads – that is a direct consequence of the £2 charge.”

He argued that withdrawing the Voyager scheme could make that situation worse. He said: “What this means is that local taxi firms will now be ‘passing’ the £2 charge onto their passengers.

“When one considers the poor public transport links already and the increasing congestion in and around the airport, this seems to me that it will encourage local flyers out of the airport out of the taxi and back into their cars.”

A spokesman for the airport said: “The Voyager Scheme which was, until recently, subject to an annual and per-visit fee, is now being discontinued. In its place is a free alternative.

“We have a dedicated free one-hour zone at Leeds-Bradford Airport, which allows all of our users up to 60 minutes’ parking free of charge and all former members of the Voyager Scheme are invited to use it.”

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2:57pm Wed 14 May 14

Fair Play At LBA says...

Unfortunately what the executive has failed to tell the public, as such people often do, is that as reasonable as he makes the 'free 60 minute drop off zone' sound, it is an insult not only to the private hire drivers who've worked co-operatively with the airport for decades, but also to the passengers, since the 'zone' is an 8-10 minute walk away from the airport terminal IF you're fit and not marshalling children or multiple items of luggage. It is in the back of beyond, an afterthought of embarrassing proportions, and yesterday it was completely closed for no apparent reason, and the nearest parking available was in the long stay car park an additional 4 minutes away from the terminal building.

The airport management keeps reciting that they've offered this joke of a drop zone in replacement of having the kiss and fly lane that they should have always accommodated from the day they purchased the airport, and they keep reciting that if you don't want the extra long walk that they force on you, you can wait a random amount of time in the middle of a car park until a shuttle bus finds its way to you. I know I'm not the only one who thinks that this is an absolute mockery for what advertises itself as 'Yorkshire's Airport'. Yet again, another example of a greedy company, with a sociopathically-insi
ncere executive who thinks the public are idiots, easily fobbed off with doublespeak, PR and nonsense.

And still the public continue to be indignant at the charge, continue to be being discriminated against because of their right to choose a private hire company other than Arrow, and professional drivers continue to be unfairly taxed to attend the airport with charges that the drivers who work under the 'Arrow' agency banner are exempt from. Talk about fixing prices and monopolising a market. This should be utterly unlawful.

These people are bleating about having national and regional government invest massively in providing transport links at the expense, inconvenience and disturbance of the residents, the tax payers, all to line their own pockets, while they demonstrate in practice that they do not care two hoots about what they actually do for communities, the cities of Leeds or Bradford, the damage they do to local business or the cost and incovenience to local people. This should be the major political issue in this region for the next 5 years!

Fair Play At LBA!
Unfortunately what the executive has failed to tell the public, as such people often do, is that as reasonable as he makes the 'free 60 minute drop off zone' sound, it is an insult not only to the private hire drivers who've worked co-operatively with the airport for decades, but also to the passengers, since the 'zone' is an 8-10 minute walk away from the airport terminal IF you're fit and not marshalling children or multiple items of luggage. It is in the back of beyond, an afterthought of embarrassing proportions, and yesterday it was completely closed for no apparent reason, and the nearest parking available was in the long stay car park an additional 4 minutes away from the terminal building. The airport management keeps reciting that they've offered this joke of a drop zone in replacement of having the kiss and fly lane that they should have always accommodated from the day they purchased the airport, and they keep reciting that if you don't want the extra long walk that they force on you, you can wait a random amount of time in the middle of a car park until a shuttle bus finds its way to you. I know I'm not the only one who thinks that this is an absolute mockery for what advertises itself as 'Yorkshire's Airport'. Yet again, another example of a greedy company, with a sociopathically-insi ncere executive who thinks the public are idiots, easily fobbed off with doublespeak, PR and nonsense. And still the public continue to be indignant at the charge, continue to be being discriminated against because of their right to choose a private hire company other than Arrow, and professional drivers continue to be unfairly taxed to attend the airport with charges that the drivers who work under the 'Arrow' agency banner are exempt from. Talk about fixing prices and monopolising a market. This should be utterly unlawful. These people are bleating about having national and regional government invest massively in providing transport links at the expense, inconvenience and disturbance of the residents, the tax payers, all to line their own pockets, while they demonstrate in practice that they do not care two hoots about what they actually do for communities, the cities of Leeds or Bradford, the damage they do to local business or the cost and incovenience to local people. This should be the major political issue in this region for the next 5 years! Fair Play At LBA! Fair Play At LBA
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