Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Wednesday, 14 September 2022
Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport
Issues Impacting the Taxi Industry: Discussion
Mr. Alan Cooley:
For taxi drivers who go out to Dublin Airport, the luggage charge and pick-up charge were abolished. We have drivers who drive back from the south side of the city and pay to go through the tunnel to come to Dublin Airport. It is dedication to Dublin Airport. As Mr. Waldron said, when Dublin Airport is busy, Dublin city is busy. Many drivers will not make the trip out to Dublin Airport because it is not cost-efficient, given there is no pick-up charge or luggage charge, when they go into the city centre, get a pick-up charge and not have to use as much fuel.
We have to understand we came out of a pandemic. Since March of this year, we have been overwhelmed with people coming out of Dublin Airport because everybody has had vouchers from holidays who have put holidays off and whose family have not been home for years. We are in unprecedented times regarding passenger levels in the last couple of months but we see those numbers levelling off.