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Taxi drivers protest new Berlin airport fees

The Local · 24 Apr 2012, 08:58

Published: 24 Apr 2012 08:58 GMT+02:00

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"They can't just keep tightening the screws at the airports," Stephan Berndt, head of the Berlin state taxi association told the B.Z. newspaper. "At Tegel we have to pay 50 cents. At the new BER airport we have to pay €1.50."

At least 800 taxis came in protest from Berlin's two current airports – Tegel and Schönefeld – which are to be shut down to make way for the new Berlin Brandenburg International airport in the south of the city which opens at the start of June. The move is likely to be one of the largest logistical undertakings in post-war German history.

The disgruntled taxi-drivers drove along one of the city's main thoroughfares – the Strasse des 17. Juni – all the way to the Brandenburg Gate.

The protest caused some disruption at the city's airports on Monday morning, as passengers were left dependant on buses and trains between and 8am and 12pm.

The taxi drivers are concerned because fares to the new airport are expected to be more expensive anyway. A journey from Alexanderplatz in central Berlin to Tegel (about 13 kilometres) currently costs around €20. "That price will double with the new airport," warned Berndt, because it is 23 kilometres away – and the passenger is likely to be slapped with the extra €1.50 fee.

Protests are likely to continue up until the new opening. "Before the opening of BER there will at least four more campaigns," said Reinhard Ehringfeld of the Berlin Brandenburg taxi association.

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Your comments about this article

13:47 April 24, 2012 by SamuelClemens
Am I the only one that thinks there's something wrong with that photo of Brandenburg Gate above? I'm pretty sure that red brick tower and the cranes are not on the Unter den Linden...
15:37 April 24, 2012 by catjones
My bet is BER will be another LHR. Man, how I hate that airport.
15:39 April 24, 2012 by romber58
The protest took place on the other side of the Gate, on Strasse der 17 Juni,as it says in the article....The red brick tower(the Rathaus) is just off the Unter den Linden.
16:05 April 24, 2012 by Berliner Mauer
The two cranes on the left are at the Staatsbibliothek and the one on the right is on Bebelplatz, both on Unter den Linden. It is the perspective of the long lens that makes the distant buildings seem closer than reality. It is actually a very good photo!

Only time will tell with BER... My 20 min public commute to Tegel will now be 1.5 hours... and more expensive now being in region C.
17:02 April 24, 2012 by SamuelClemens
Ok, thanks for the explanations on the picture!
14:26 April 25, 2012 by Jeffvm
Any reason why the taxi zone for Berlin can't be tweaked to reach the extra kilometres to the airport? Why not even have it overlap with the Brandenburg zone at the airport.
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