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Wednesday, June 02, 2021

The pandemic and the tourist crisis eliminates a hundred taxis from the airport

Tenerife South Airport

The sector is relying on the opening of the British market to get it out of the doldrums; the service is reduced to 33% in Granadilla de Abona

“Among the colleagues there is silence and sighs of resignation, Víctor Ramos, president of the Granadilla de Abona Taxis Association, told Diario de Avisos, who warns of how “it's going badly” for the sector in the south of Tenerife. "There are colleagues who have left a bank crying after having obtained a license four years ago, because they are paying for the car and have encountered this scenario," he said.

The situation has improved slightly compared to recent months and hopes are pinned on the reopening of the British market. "Before the lockdown, 140 cars were working at the airport, now there are 40 of us, but at the most critical moments of the quarantine the number did not exceed 16," said Ramos, who confirmed that "the same planes arrive as before, but now with a 50% occupancy, double the number of travellers who came months ago”.

The busiest day at the airport is Saturday, where up to half a dozen trips take place, triple the number of any other day of the week. The sector maintains a fleet reduction of 66% with rotations, that is, only one in three drivers works daily.

Despite the timid signs of recovery due to the progress of the vaccination campaign in Europe, the crisis continues to hit the taxi sector. "As there is no nightlife or people who work in the tourist area, fewer taxis and more buses are taken," said Ramos, who, like his companions, pinned his hopes on the gradual opening of hotels.

During the worst months of the health crisis, the sector, which has 191 licenses in Granadilla de Abona alone, registered a drop of up to 90% in services due, above all, to zero tourism and the near closure of the airport.