14 Nov 2013

Taxi lobby says airport is gouging cab companies

10:03 am on 14 November 2013

The Taxi Federation says price-gouging by Auckland International Airport is contributing to a stoush with some taxi drivers.

About 200 drivers have held a one-day strike, saying unfair changes have left them scraping to earn $5 an hour.

The airport has upset some drivers by introducing a new taxi rank specifically for cabs from big companies, which they say is taking away their business.

But the Taxi Federation's executive director, Tim Reddish, says the real problem is the high amount Auckland and other airports charge taxis to use their ranks.

Mr Reddish says they are using taxi companies as cash cows, and the extra cost has to be passed onto passengers.

The drivers say they'll meet with the airport company later this month.