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ADO begins ground transportation service at the Merida airport Monday, but not without a fight. Photo: Panoramio
ADO begins ground transportation service at the Merida airport Monday, but not without a fight. Photo: Panoramio

Mérida, Yucatán — Major bus line ADO will compete with taxi drivers for ground transportation business at the airport beginning Monday, but not without resistance.

The leader of the United Front Wheel Workers (FTUV), Héctor Fernández Zapata, said that at least seven taxi driver groups, and members of the Mexican Alliance of Carriers, will block at the entrances of the ADO area at the airport starting at 6 a.m.

ASUR, which manages the Manuel Crescencio Rejón y Alcalá International Airport, and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (SCT), announced opening the doors to ADO in November.

Taxis specially authorized to pick up passengers at the airport impose set fees that are much higher fares than cabs that roam the streets. On arriving, visitors can expect to pay 200 pesos to travel six miles to the hotel zone, but about half that to return another day to the airport. Budget-conscious travelers arriving at the airport often prefer to walk about a mile to the street to hail a cab.

ADO taxi rates for airport travelers were not posted.

But the squeeze on independent drivers at the airport will affect about 100 families who depend on their taxi concessions for income, said the FTUV leader.

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