Published On: Mon, Dec 15th, 2014

Merida´s Airport Blocked

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MÉRIDA, YUC. Monday December 15, 2014.- From six o’clock in the morning, carriers of 30 organizations of the Yucatan Peninsula led by the FUTV Taxi Union, block accesses to the Merida´s International Airport as leverage to prevent Autobuses de Oriente (ADO) from offering their services to the air terminal, following a tender issued by the Ministry of Communications and Transport.

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Taxidrivers blocking Merida´s airport (Photo: SIPSE)

 FUTV general secretary, Héctor Fernández Zapata, warned that with the support of various groups over Campeche, Quintana Roo, Tabasco and Yucatan they will prevent ADO from activate their operations at the airport in the state capital, considering that its entry undermines the sources of employment for taxi drivers. Up to today, the FUTV has had 42 concessions for several years at Merida’s “Manuel Crescencio Rejón” airport.

“Allowing the arrival of the company ADO to the airport, is opening the door for further growth in a sector that does not apply, because it is a bus service operator and not a taxi service” Fernández Zapata stated.

The Union leader highlighted the support and solidarity of the other taxi associations in the Peninsula, explaining that clusters of taxi drivers and members of the Mexican Alliance of Carriers (AMOTAC) will join the protest, since according to information from the Secretary of Communications and Transportation, ADO will start to provide taxi service at Merida´s International Airport  “Manuel Crescencio Rejón”.

 “The fact that the SCT has authorized (ADO) to provide the service at the air terminal, with the approval of the Airport Group of Sureste (ASUR) affects more than 150 families who currently rely on taxis that provide the service” said the Taxi Union leader.

 Director of Asur, Hector Navarrete Muñoz, asked the members of FUTV taxi union, to seek dialogue and be respectful of Merida airport users. -The important thing is to dialogue, so incidents that will affect the peace and tranquility of the State can be avoided”- He said.

 ASUR´s management claims that the entry of the company ADO to the city´s International Airport is completely legal, based on the powers vested by the law, given to administrators of the air stations in the country.

 -“The entry of ADO will not affect the ongoing work that FUTV members have, because they will continue to work as they have for over 50 years in this place, and what is sought with this new concession is that with the growing demand of transportation services, visitors will have more available services with good quality, with two dealerships who will work in this federal zone.- Director of Asur, Hector Navarrete Muñoz stated.

Héctor Navarrete Muñoz, ASUR Director

NUMBERS.-

  • FUTV has had 42 concessions in the terminal for over 50 years.
  • ADO will offer its services at Merida´s airport with 10 units to be added to the taxi service from Monday December 15th with rates equivalent to those charged by Taxi Union FUTV.

JJ. Argáez/The Yucatan Times

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