Kraków’s John Paul II airport in Balice has become the first in Poland to run its own taxi network.
The network will include 120 drivers, who must meet strict regulations in order to earn the right to pick up passengers at the airport. All drivers must, in addition to taxi licences, have a car no older than five years, and must speak a language other than Polish. Some 300 drivers applied to join the network, but more than half were turned down.
For passengers, a fixed price list will apply 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Prices vary according to which of four zones they want to travel – from 29zł for a 15km radius which takes in the city centre, to 69zł for the longest journeys in the city. There are also plans to install a desk in the airport, at which passengers can pay for their journey.
An airport spokeswoman said: “We are the first company in Poland with such a solution. Other airports are interested in how will it work.”