Taxi Cab Companies Working to Resume Service at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport


by WCCB Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Taxi cab companies could know in the next two week whether they'll be allowed to resume at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport.  It's fallout from the arrest of ex-mayor Patrick Cannon.

A city spokesman told WCCB the Aviation Director is evaluating whether to exercise the upcoming contract option.  On Monday, Mayor Don Clodfelter asked City Manager Ron Carlee for an update on the city's 2011 decision to allow certain cab companies at the airport.

Excluded cab companies argue that Cannon demanded thousands of dollars in exchange for airport access.  It's not only resulted n a loss of millions of dollars in business but according to one cab company owner has also damaged reputations.

The city spokesman says Aviation Department staff will weigh several factors over the next two weeks, including possible negative impact to customers, ability to conduct a new section process by July 17th and performance of the current providers before making a final recommendation about the contract.

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