Pretty soon, travelers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport won’t have to brave the crowds and the summer heat to call a cab or car service, if Grab has its way.
A spokesperson for the local airport authority said that airport officials and the app-based, ride-dispatch company are expected to reach an agreement that would allow Grab to operate at the country’s four airports starting March 14, effectively lifting the regulation that bars ride-hailing services from picking up and dropping off passengers at NAIA terminals.
Obviously, the agreement only applies to Grab, but it nonetheless sets a precedence for Uber to operate to and from local airports. Not to mention, it might result in more competitive fares between airport taxis and shuttles down the road. I probably don’t need to tell you how exorbitant transport fees can get.
A post from Top Gear Philippines’ Facebook page claimed that airport shuttle companies charged between P1,800 and P3,200 (roughly $39 and $69) for transportation from NAIA Terminal 2, which is ten times what you would expect to pay for a similar trip in a metered cab.
The development is another feather in Grab’s cap. Earlier this week, the company announced it has expanded its GrabTaxi service to Cagayan de Oro, allowing Kagay-anon commuters to book a cab using the Grab app. Cagayan de Oro is the seventh city in the Philippines to open the (passenger) doors to Grab, and joins Metro Manila, Baguio, Bacolod, Cebu, Davao, and Iloilo on its expansion list.