(Quebec) Quebec City Airport wants to pass on to taxis or so to their customers, spending its obligations to deliver this essential transport service.
The objective appears in the memory of Jean Lesage International Airport presented to the Parliamentary Transport Committee, which examined last week on the future of the taxi industry.
“It is expected that, under the current expansion program, we will relocate the taxi waiting basin at a cost that could be of the order of 2 to 3 million dollars. YQB is one of the few airports in Canada that does not have with a pricing system allowing it to recover its investments related to taxi service. This is bound to change and we are in discussion now, both with industry and with regulatory authorities, to implement such a system in the coming months, “it said.
In addition to refresh the infrastructure for taxi, the airport also established a distribution service there a little over a year. Present 20 of 24 hours at the airport, dispatchers have the task of secure supply and demand of taxis, including evenings, nights and weekends.
Vice President Marketing and development of Aéroport de Québec, Bernard Thiboutot, told the parliamentary role of the subcontractor hired for this purpose, who also works for Aéroports de Montreal. “In advance, he knows which planes arrive and just about any passenger ratio take the taxi. He asked the interim allocation of taxi services to send vehicles to ensure we can meet the demand. ”
The director of Aéroport de Québec Inc. of communications. Mathieu Claise, can specify how much the non-profit company wants to recover in total. “It is not there, he said. how the industry evolves we look, “he adds, referring to the legislative changes announced by the provincial government.
The airport does not develop either on the pricing system that it intends to introduce. “There is no decision,” insists Mr. Claise.
More expensive races
According to information from several sources, the airport studied the possibility of recovering a few dollars a taxi ride directly to customers. The number of supported at the airport is estimated at 140 000 per year.
Overloading is automatically included in the price that appears on the meter or added to the flat rate established by the Quebec Transport Commission for servicing the terminal. This fee is currently $ 34.25 to downtown Quebec City and $ 15 for the Sainte-Foy area.
This would require a mechanism for the taxi drivers, who collect the total payment, reimburse the airport post as they pay taxes to governments. This has never seen elsewhere in Quebec.
In Montreal, a lottery system has long existed. All taxis can drop people, but a permit is required for queuing at the scene waiting for new clients.
Every summer, taxis interested in serving the Pierre Elliott Trudeau airport must register: there were over 4000 in July. A draw supervised by an accounting firm held a few weeks later and 310 “lucky” are selected. They must pay $ 3,600 plus taxes per year to work at the airport. The procedure is the same for 75 limousines ($ 6000 / year) and 15 accessible taxis ($ 4000 / year).
The exercise brings in about $ 1.6 million per year for Aéroports de Montreal. His spokeswoman, Marie-Claude Desgagnés, refuses to confirm an overall amount, but stresses that the organization is always in deficit. The costs incurred for snow removal, maintenance of taxi pools and coaching service exceed revenues.
Ms. Desgagnés said that the contribution required of taxi drivers is equivalent to about $ 1 per trip while other Canadian airports recover approximately $ 2.50 per trip.
This formula seems however difficult to implement and not lucrative enough for Quebec since has only 600 taxi license owners in the region, which are not all interested in serving the airport.
The president of the Coalition of intermediaries taxi Quebec (RITQ) Homsy Abdullah, was informed of the intentions of the airport in the fall, but refused to go into details of what was discussed. However, it appears to have called for a postponement of discussions on this subject due to the “chaotic situation” of the taxi industry, which saw a decline in revenue and competition from Uber. Mr. Homsy hear sound owners and taxi drivers about their views soon.
Daoust defends taxis
Parliamentary committee on Wednesday the Minister of Transport Jacques Daoust has been a champion drivers. “He who has not much money in all this is the one that brings the customer as one who takes the plane, he takes a ticket 200, 300, 500 dollars. Maybe 2 or $ 3, he’ll take it anyway. I understand why we tax the taxi driver, “he launched to the leaders of the Quebec City airport.
The idea of a shuttle that would transport passengers from downtown to the airport and vice versa periodically comes up in the Quebec City area. But for now, there is no concrete project in gestation.
Before parliamentary, marketing vice president of Aéroport de Québec inc. said the organization maintains contact with the Réseau de transport de la Capitale (RTC), which gradually rethink its network to secure the future rapid bus service (SRB). It also keeps an eye on the redevelopment of the head of the bridges and the transformation of the entrance to the city with the construction of skyscrapers Le Phare.
“We are waiting to see how these poles then will grow until you know what kind of service could be offered from the Quebec City airport. But it is certain that in any self-respecting city, public transportation is also offering a cheaper service for passengers, “admitted Bernard Thiboutot. In the absence of shuttles, car is the only way to come and go to the airport now.