Breakthrough: Ben Gurion Passengers Will Soon Be Able to Pay All Taxis by Credit Card
The new payment arrangement is slated to begin on April 22, 2018
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According to Israel’s Airport Authority, 40% of all passengers that arrive at Israel’s Ben Gurion airport leave by taxi to the places where they are staying all over Israel. The airport’s taxi services are generally efficient and are available day and night with relatively short waiting times.
The Airport Authority has worked over the past few years to improve taxi services for travelers. They previously removed the taxi monopoly and opened it to competition to lower prices. Now the Authority has instituted a new provision requiring all taxis leaving the airport to provide payment by credit card to their passengers. This is a significant improvement for passengers, facilitating their taxi fee payment and obviating the need to change money at the airport as soon as they arrive.
Taxis that are connected to app systems already take credit card payments. But with the new rules, every taxi servicing the airport will have to be equipped with a credit card device by April 22, 2018. Fares paid by credit card will be printed out and passengers will be required to sign. Payment can be made with Israeli and foreign credit cards in both shekels and foreign currency.
This coming Pesach, an increase of 17% (1.7 million in total) in passengers going through the airport is expected from the previous year, including 65,000 departing Israel.
A happy and kosher Pesach to everyone!