Airport taxis to get fixed rate

A new initiative by the Transport Ministry, to be made public soon, aims to crack down on profiteering by taxi drivers shuttling Greeks and tourists between the capital and Athens International Airport by introducing a fixed-charge of 35 euros for the route. A fixed price of 50 euros will apply for journeys during the double-tariff period – between midnight and 5 a.m. These prices will be featured on a card that all taxi drivers will be obliged to display in their cabs. By late last night there had been no reports of objections to the planned measure by taxi driver unions. Sources said however that some drivers object to the set charge being imposed on days when there is heavy traffic, such as during transport strikes, as the journey will take longer. Ministry sources said the 35-euro figure was not picked at random but was the average price of several test journeys from different parts of Athens to the airport.

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