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ADO will be allowed to station 10 taxis at the Mérida airport under a new agreement with FUTV drivers. Photo: Diario de Yucatán
ADO will be allowed to station 10 taxis at the Mérida airport under a new agreement with FUTV drivers. Photo: Diario de Yucatán

Mérida, Yucatán — A major bus line and a local taxi union last night reached an agreement to share turf at the airport, ending protests that had briefly blocked access to the terminal.

ADO will be allowed to introduce 10 taxis at the ground transportation area, joining 42 FUTV cabs already in operation there. The airport had approved 30 new ADO taxis, but for now the company will hold back. ADO partly owns ASUR, which manages nine airports in southeast Mexico, including Mérida’s Manuel Crescencio Rejón International Airport.

Private negotiations between ADO, FUTV and airport manager Marco Góngora were mediated by the federal Commissioner José Armando Ramón Hernández. The meeting began yesterday at 6 p.m. and lasted almost 90 minutes, Sipse reported.

ADO trumpets its competitive advantages. Click for larger view.

The leader of the taxi drivers, Héctor Fernández Zapata, explained the decision to drivers an an impromptu meeting in the parking lot, with airport management and federal police present.

Under the agreement, ADO can offer only individual taxi service and not shuttles. They also agreed to future meetings to study the need for more vehicles as the consumer market demands.

An ADO advertisement in today’s Diario de Yucatán announces the new service and trumpets some creature comforts and conveniences passengers here cannot take for granted: new vehicles, air conditioning, GPS, electronic receipts and credit card payment.

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