TAXI drivers have received just 85 more permits to operate at Dublin Airport this year despite queue chaos, leaving many stranded late at night.
And DAA is offering taxi drivers cash back of just €8.46 per week for working after 10 p.m.
New figures show that 1,498 taxi permits to pick up people at Dublin Airport have been issued for 2022, an increase of just 85 from 2021’s 1,413 permits.
This despite travelers struggling to find a taxi outside the airport at night with long queues forming in the ranks.
A DAA spokesperson claimed that the nationwide shortage of taxis is to blame for the long queues.
They said: ‘With fewer taxis in service in general, the number of taxis available at Dublin Airport is understandably strained, particularly late at night and at times of high demand.
To help improve the availability of taxis at Dublin Airport, the DAA recently issued an additional 250 permits to allow new drivers to operate at the airport.
Since 2016, taxi drivers must pay €440 per year to operate at the airport and must meet several criteria, including accepting card payments and having a wheelchair-accessible vehicle.
In a bid to encourage drivers to operate after 10 p.m., the DAA has begun reimbursing taxi drivers €8.46 of their permit fees if they work late at night.
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Any driver who collects at least one fare on three different days in a single week between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. will be eligible.
Social Democrat co-leader Catherine Murphy believes airport transport needs are not being met with the airport “in disarray” this year.
She told The Irish Sun: ‘With no rail link between the capital and the airport, it’s left to private bus operators, with Dublin Bus trying to balance commuters and tourists and the taxi service.
“We know from the NTA (National Transport Authority) that demand for taxis in Dublin today exceeds pre-Covid demand by up to 50% at peak times, this has a ripple effect at the airport.”