Meeting at Prague Airport at 10am today, taxi drivers drove in convoy around the city at 15 km/h as part of their on-going dispute with Uber. The planned actions brought traffic in Prague to a standstill and cause disruption to passengers traveling to and from the airport.
Staff at Václav Havel Airport gave the following statement on Friday to prepare passengers for the expected delays:
“Due to the expected taxi drivers’ protest on Monday, October 2, 10:00, which will affect access roads to Václav Havel Airport in Prague, we ask passengers travelling to the airport to allow extra time or, if possible, use public transport line 119 (from metro station Nádraží Veleslavin), 191 (from Petřiny or Andel metro stations) or 100 (from metro station Zličín). If traveling to the airport by car, please follow the traffic signs and the police’s instructions.”
The Association of Czech Taxi Drivers published their planned route on Friday, urging Mayor Adriana Krnáčová to meet their demand of banning Uber from the city. The taxi drivers claim that Uber are operating illegally, without the health and safety checks required of taxi drivers.
Previous protests at the airport last week resulted in physical skirmishes. Police will be supervising the protest drive.