Sserubidde says working in partnership with Uganda Civil Aviation Authority-UCAA and the Works Ministry, they launched an Airport Taxi App to stop drivers from fighting for passengers at the entrance terminal.
Of which, 20 operators work in the day shift and 30 during night time.
of the 240 registered airport taxis will operate each day in the first phase of
the reopening of Entebbe International Airport.
The first phase covers
October to December 2020, while the second phase ends June 2021.
The move is
aimed at regulating the number of taxis so as to de-congest the parking lot and
other areas of the airport to combat the spread of coronavirus-Covid19.
Sserubidde, the Chairman Airport Taxi Services Cooperative Society Ltd,
says prior to the resumption of their operations, they were briefed on the
Standard Operating Procedures.
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says working in partnership with Uganda Civil Aviation Authority-UCAA and the
Works Ministry, they launched an Airport Taxi App to stop drivers from fighting
for passengers at the entrance terminal.
He says the app
provides a price list to various destinations including Jinja, which he says
are pocket friendly compared to other online applications.
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however, says several airport taxi operators have had difficulties resuming
work because of high costs.
According to Sserubidde, an operator needs at least
Shillings 800,000 for the necessary requirements before resuming work.
He wants the
Health and Works Ministries to waive off the Covid19 testing fees for
airport taxi operators who were grossly affected by the partial lockdown of
Muhammad Kizito, another airport taxi driver, says they need close
to Shillings 1.5 million to resume operations.
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Kizito, ever since the airport was reopened on October 1st, 2020, he has
handled less than 10 passengers.
He says the low volume of business is a result
of few people traveling at the moment and the fear of stigma among those